Horse-head Handled Ale Bowl
Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University
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Wooden ale bowl (kjenge) with horse-head handles, circa 1700, carved from a single piece of wood. The use of horse-heads rather than dragon heads developed in western Norway. Their organic shapes are often complemented with incised geometric decoration. Associations with fertility may originally have led to the horse appearing on these vessels which played a prominent role at weddings. The initials SOM are carved on the bottom. Donor: Marie Berglund.