:: The Vikings of Bjornstad ::
Cincinnati Museum
 "Vikings: Beyond the Legend"
Through April 2017
Cincinnati Museum's Viking Exhibition Web Page

 
These photos capture some of the largest collection of Viking artifacts ever to visit North America, as displayed in the Cincinnati Museum. The hundreds of thousand-year-old artifacts show the work of highly skilled craftspeople who used many different materials, including textiles, wood, metal, bone, leather, glass and ceramics. The exhibition includes interactive activities and displays of beautifully crafted weapons and religious iconography, including the earliest known Scandinavian crucifix. Reproductions of Vikings ships include the 25-foot Krampmacken and 21-foot Karl.  There's even a full-scale reconstruction of a Viking ship represented by suspending the thousands of the boat’s actual iron rivets in their original position in mid-air.  The longest Viking ship ever discovered, the 122-foot Roskilde 6, makes its North American debut as well.

These photos were taken by Einar Severinson and are presented here with his kind permission.  The captions, correct or not, are entirely mine. Improvements welcomed.
   


Usually identified as a valkyrie



Bronze raven?



Trefoil brooch



Trefoil brooch description



Small axe head, tongs and what may be a whale flensing tool, based on the position of the socket



Beads, cross, coins made into charms


Rune stone



Borre art style description and amulet example



Tongs



Spear point



Silver disc, Ringerike style



Ringerike art style description



Sword pommel, grip and cross-guard



Trefoil brooch



Necklaces



Amber axe ornament



Necklace with red carnelian, rock crystal and glass beads



Red carnelian necklace description



Thor's hammer



Axe heads, spear point, fire striker, buckles and probably, drill bits



Beaded necklace



Bead description



Bronze chain necklace



Chain description



Beads



Sword pommel



Spear point



Bronze tortoise brooch



Ceramic jug



Jug description



Sword pommel, handle and cross guard



Iron axe charm



Axe head



Weaving sword with runes



Decorative bits



Thor's hammer, charm



Iron axes, rangles



Axe description



Windvane decoration



Bone needles



Adze head



Adze description



Sea shell ornaments



Coins: Aethelred, St. Peter York Pennies, Edward the Elder of Wessex



Sword pommel



Jewelry



Bracelet



Bracelet



Ring and woman amulet (valkyrie?)



Beautifully made gold pins with granulation



Beads



Silver charms



Probably a top ornament for a staff



Carriage rangles to scare away beasties



Axe head



Axe description



The Krampmacken, built in 1980 for six oars and a crew of about eleven



Freyr



Spearhead



Spearhead socket



Silver bracelet



Bracelet description



Sword grip



Iron artifacts



Game pieces and board



Spearhead socket and game piece



Silver cross amulet



Axe head



Necklace with cast terminals



Artwork



Bone weaving comb with decorative carving



Weaving comb description



Animal amulet



Animal amulet



Unknown



Silver jewelry, gilded amulet



Cross amulet



Ring pin, penannular brooch



Inlaid decoration



Gilded amulet



Silver horse?? ornament



Decorated sword cross guard



"Killed" sword



Beads



Crucifix amulet



Crucifix amulet description



Pendant and comb



Staff?? ornament



Sword pommel and cross guard



Necklace and mail rings



Brooches



Gold decoration with granulation



Stone resurrection egg



Stone resurrection egg description



Boat remnant



Boat remnant description



Iron bits



Decorative bit



Bracelet



Sword grip



Necklace with red carnelian, rock crystal and glass beads



Necklace description



Weapon charms



Well preserved sword



Sword pommel



Bone ice skates



Lime lashing strips description



Tortoise brooches, dragon head charm



Scissors, shears



Runestone



Sword grip, arrowpoints



Amulet



The faering named Karl



Faering interior



Necklace with fishtail-shaped pendants



Necklace description



Jewelry



Thor's hammer with fine gilded chain decorative elements



Iron socketed axe



Socketed axe description



Shield boss



Tortoise brooches with beads

  ©   For information contact Jack Garrett at info@vikingsofbjornstad.com