Afterlife – Vikings in BC

Reproduction of a stone with stories of the afterlife.

Reproduction of a stone with stories of the afterlife.

Just a quick post today with three photos from the Vikings in BC exhibit. (As before, click the Vikings in BC tag to see all of the posts thus far from this museum exhibit.)
Today’s photos show off a reproduction memorial stone, illustrating stories of the afterlife in Viking Age Scandinavia. You probably remember that photography wasn’t encouraged in this museum, or I might have been able to shoot far better (and more, and closer!) photos.

Reproduction of a stone with stories of the afterlife.

Reproduction of a stone with stories of the afterlife.

This first picture stone tells a number of stories, including depicting Odin riding into Valhalla on the 8-legged Sleipnir. Also noteable on this stone are the number of triple-triangle Valknut symbols. (The meaning of which is speculative, though it may relate to sacrifice, death, the nine worlds, or mental freedom.) I think this is a reproduction of one of the four Stora Hammars stones in Gotland, Sweden.

Memorial artwork reproduction

Memorial artwork reproduction

A different stone reproduction from another is similar to stones made for Norse who travelled, as per the photos on Experience NorthCape blog. I wasn’t able to find another photo of the original, so perhaps this was created not as an exact reproduction of the NorthCape stones, or perhaps is modelled after a stone I couldn’t find online – unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the notes about this display.

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