December 11th 2014
There were a viking man and woman...
The man was very vain and always combed his curled hair and moustache in the morning. Sometimes in the evening before going to dinner also !
What to give such a man for his birthday ? The woman deliberated and deliberated.
The month before his birthday she walked to the smith. 'Can you make the face of Thomsson with curly hair and moustache' she said. The smith looked up, surprised. He had never had such a proposition before. Never he had afterwards either. 'I do not have much to offer' said the woman, 'but I'd like to give him a personal present he will appreciate'.
'I'll try my dying best and make it for free' the smith said - lively jumping up in his head as this was a challenge in his bit unchalleging becoming life as a smith, smithing mostly horse shoes and sickles.
The woman walked out on the smith with joy in her heart and some expectations. The whole day she had a smile on her face with anticipatory pleasure. The man wondered wat caused her happiness..
Just over three weeks later the smith winked at her. 'It is finished' he said proudly.
She walked to his dark house with virtually no day light coming in, and against the flickering flames of the fire he showed a bronze shining object to her. She was lost for words.
The smith had made his 'piece de resistance', his 'magnus opus'. There was just the face of her man, with the bewildered curlings and moustache. She gave the smith ten kisses making him feel very shy.
The early morning of his birthday the man was awake early and combing his hair.
At that moment, the woman gave the present to him saying 'Doesn't he look much like you ?'
The man was baffled. He had never seen something like this. The comb fell out of his hand and he stood frozen.
In the afternoon he attached the piece at the harness of his horse and it shone in the sun. Then he jumped upon his horse, to show his birthday present to the whole village.
It was the 11th of December of the year 1014.
The smith wouldn't have to do boring smithing anymore. More people asked him to create a unique piece of art.
Sometimes nowadays, one is being found..
The fourth stirrup strap mount is a British find and a rare type in the (Anglo-Scandinavian) Urnes style with entwined beasts, measuring 45 mm x 38 mm
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