Trabalho de Vinícius Ferreira Arruda
- Dated: circa 1700 — 1730
- Medium: steel, silver
- Techniques: casting - sword; gilding - hilt; etching - blade
The Small sword features an etched blade, silver hilt of boat-shell form, and knuckle-guard screwed to pommel. The hilt bears the Amsterdam town mark.
In northern Bohuslän there are roughly 1,500 known rock carvings, and new ones are constantly being discovered. A large and unusually varied collection of them can be found in Tanum. Here archaeologists have found thirteen types of figures and motifs, such as cup marks, ships, sleighs, animals, humans, hands, feet, trees, and weapons. The pictures describe the social life of Bronze Age people, their spiritual experiences, beliefs, and rites.
Kingdom of Dyflin
When Viking pirates invaded Ireland in the ninth century, they founded the Norse kingdom of Dublin, called Dyflin at the time, which they ruled for more than 300 years. Though the rulers ostensibly had Viking roots, they gradually melded with their Gaelic subjects, creating an amalgam culture. It would not be until 1171 that the Norse-Gaels Rulers would be defeated by the Norman Invasion when the King of Dublin was killed.
Danegeld was a tax imposed by the Vikings on the countries they raided. By paying the Danegeld, rulers could ensure that their regions would not be subject to Viking attacks. English, French and other European rulers frequently paid huge sums of silver and valuables as Danegeld during the ninth to eleventh centuries.
- Dated: mid-19th century
- Place of Origin: Bhutan
- Measurements: overall length: 28.5in (725mm). Blade length: 23.5in (595mm)
The hilt of the sword is made of pierced copper, inlaid on one side with three turquoise coral stones (normally found on Tibetan weapons). The wooden grip is partly covered with very attractive red binding, while the single edged blade has a high contrast hairpin folded steel pattern. The scabbard has a wooden carcass, covered in copper, with an old leather strap.
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