A small silver Jelling goblet with twisting animalistic ornaments which have given name to the "Jelling Style". The goblet was found in 1861 in a plundered wooden burial chamber in the northernmost of the two burial mounds in Jelling, which were erected by King Gorm the Elder for his queen Thyra Danebod. The goblet is a chalice from the late Viking Age and as such has been carried by Christian missionaries in pagan Northern Europe. However, the goblet is manufactured in the North, which indicates that it must have belonged to one of the first missionaries in Denmark. The original is displayed at the Danish National Museum.
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The Jelling stones are massive carved runestones from the 10th century, found at the town of Jelling in Denmark. The older of the two Jelling stones was raised by King Gorm the Old in memory of his wife Thyra. The larger of the two stones was raised by King Gorm's son, Harald Bluetooth in memory of his parents, celebrating his conquest of Denmark and Norway, and his conversion of the Danes to Christianity. The runic inscriptions on these stones are considered the most well known in Denmark.
The stone has a figure of Jesus Christ on one side and on another side a serpent wrapped around a lion. Christ is depicted as standing in the shape of a cross and entangled in what appear to be branches. One scholar has suggested that this imagry was used to suggest that Christ had replaced the Norse pagan god Odin, who in one myth hung for nine nights in the tree Yggdrasill.
Copy made from silver plated metal.
Size: 4.5 x 4 cm