Iron Age and Middle Ages at Hordamuseet

Although we had already posted one entry today, the visit to the well-known to our readers Hordamuseet had a surprise for us that we did not wish to leave unnoticed.

This surprise concerns the decoration on the shield of one of the two knights on the poster for this venue at Stend.


This particular cross pattern has already been mentioned many times in our blog and since it is quite common in Norway – first and foremost as a pattern in knitting! – it offers us opportunities to remember Sudan while in the Norwegian latitudes.

At Stend today there was one more detail that attracted our attention for its similarity with Sudan.


The flat pan for making bread that could remind us of similar baking methods seen in Nubia.

Such coincidences, the excellent program prepared by the employees of Hordamuseet…


…the fun that they offer for children and adults…


…and the magnificent locality at Stend…


…guarantee our return there in three weeks for a similar venue dedicated this time to the Stone Age and the Bronze Age!

For more infos, see HERE and see you there!!!

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3 Responses to Iron Age and Middle Ages at Hordamuseet

  1. Elling says:

    Hi there. I am the the knight in the picture with the eight-leaf cross shield.
    As it happens, the shield motif was borrowed from my home county’s shield (Ulvik in Hardanger). The eight leaf rose, as it is called there, is a common decoration in Hardanger, and used as a regional symbol.

    I have not found direct examples of the symbol used before the late middle ages. However, it fits well with the style seen in high medevial carvings such as the Lewis chessmen, using straight or 45 degree lines.
    I have another shield where I have used the “guide lines” as part of the decoration, more clearly showing how the pattern is made up of geometrical lines and symetric parts.

    Best regards

    • Henrihafsakos says:

      Hei Elling!
      Great that you found the blog! I actually also have the eight-pointed rose as decoration on my bunad:
      This is why we became particularly interested in this cross when we found it on the capitals of the medieval Cathedral of Sai in Sudan, where we have an archaeological project.
      The carvings on the capitals at Sai are probably dated before 1000 CE, but we have not found good parallels in stone. The motif seems to be well adapted for knitting, embroidery, tiles etc.
      Thanks for sharing another instance of the use of the pattern. Do you know how old the county shield is or why it was chosen for the county’s shield?
      Best wishes,
      Henriette & Alexandros

  2. ergamenis says:

    One more addition to this story of the eight-pointed rose!
    As an Ukranian folk-design used on Easter eggs:
    How far back in time can this Slavic tradition go?

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