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The Sun Chariot

The Sun Chariot
The Sun Chariot. Photo - The National Museum of Denmark.

The Sun Chariot was found in September 1902, when the former bog Trundholm Mose in northwestern Zealand was ploughed for the first time. The Sun Chariot was made in the Early Bronze Age around 1400 BC. The elegant spiral ornamentation that graces the golden sun disc reveals its Nordic origin. The Sun Chariot illustrates the idea that the sun was drawn on its eternal journey by a divine horse. A sun image and the horse have been placed on wheels to symbolize the motion of the sun.

The Sun Chariot video

Curator Flemming Kaul tells the story of The Sun Chariot.

The Sun Chariot is the motive on the 1000-krone banknote

The Sun Chariot is the motive on the 1000-krone banknote

The Sun Chariot
The Sun Chariot was found in Trundholm Bog in north-western Zealand.
The Sun Chariot
You can see the Sun Chariot in room 12 of the exhibition.

Other sun chariots?

Other sun chariots?
The Sun Chariot from Trundholm Mose was probably not the only one of its kind. Parts of a golden sun disc are amongst the finds from Jægersborg Hegn in northern Zealand. Perhaps it originally was part of a sun chariot?

You can see the Sun Chariot in Danish Prehistory.

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