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Putting a Face to the Vikings

Putting a Face to the Vikings

The National Museum presents a new exhibition on the Vikings.

The National Museum’s new exhibition welcomes visitors to the multifaceted universe of the Vikings. A völva with a deeply lined face and equally deep eyes stares out at visitors. Opposite her three helmeted but otherwise stark naked berserker warriors look visitors right in the eye. The exhibition scenography has been designed by Jim Lyngvild. 

After the völva and berserkers visitors enter the King’s Hall, where Queen Tove reigns in her blue draped robe and heavy gold jewellery. Her eyes are fixed on the empty throne the king could occupy at any time. Several pieces of the museum’s iconic Viking jewellery are worn by lifelike Vikings that put a face to the housewife, warrior, berserker, völva and peasant as they probably looked when alive, complete with tattoos and the traces of too much sun, sea water and heavy food.

The exhibition includes the famous gold Tissø ring and the Fæsted hoard – one of Denmark’s largest treasure troves of gold and silver jewellery.

The Viking Age in Brief

The period we call the Viking age was from 800-1050 AD. Denmark was united under a single king, many Danes converted to Christianity, and the Vikings conquered a lot of territory. Outside Denmark the Vikings were feared for their raids and admired for their craftmanship, mercantile skills and unique ships.

The Vikings in Philadelphia

The Vikings and their famous ship Roskilde 6 have travelled to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, USA. Here, together with swords, jewellery and a copy of the Jelling Stone from the National Museum they tell the story of Vikings on the other side of the Atlantic

Read more about the exhibition in the US here