“Mom, I want you to make the moon.” A simple request from Caroline Arnecke’s (@meadowceramics) 2-year-old daughter inspired the lunar creations that have become the most sought after pieces by the Danish ceramicist. Caroline made her first moon last October while she and her daughter were playing with clay — something they do often, along with gazing at the night sky. “If it’s a full moon, we will go out in the middle of the night and just sit there and look at the moon. It’s a part of our lives naturally and that has been integrated into my work.” Caroline says her daughter has first dibs on her pieces: “If I have to ship orders, she will just go over, and always take a look, and then say, ‘Oh, that’s so pretty, Mom. Thank you. Thank you.’ And then she just takes things to her room.”
Mighty Viking Ax Discovered in Tomb of Medieval 'Power Couple'
Archaeologists have discovered one of the largest Viking axes ever found, in the tomb of a 10th-century “power couple” in Denmark.
Kirsten Nellemann Nielsen, an archaeologist at the Silkeborg Museum who is leading excavations at the site near the town of Haarup, said Danish axes like the one found in the tomb were the most feared weapons of the Viking Age.
“It’s a bit extraordinary — it’s much bigger and heavier than the other axes. It would have had a very long handle, and it took both hands to use it,” Nielsen told Live Science.
The simplicity of the mighty ax, without any decorations or inscriptions, suggests this fearsome weapon was not just for show. “It’s not very luxurious,” she said. Read more.
Major Danish museum returns looted antiquities to Italy
The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, which holds the largest collection of antiquities in northern Europe, has agreed to restitute illegally excavated artefacts to the Italian government. In an historic agreement under negotiation since 2012, the Danish museum will return the eighth-century BC bronze chariot, shield, weapons, incense burners and tableware from the tomb of an Etruscan prince, among other archaeological objects, to Italy between December and the end of 2017.
The pieces, believed to have come from the Sabine necropolis at Colle del Forno near Rome, could be sent to the Museo Civico Archeologico di Fara in Sabina, where additional material from the tomb—an unusually large structure indicating the special status of the deceased—is on display. A statement issued by the Glyptotek acknowledged that: “investigations have shown that the objects had been unearthed in illegal excavations in Italy and exported without licence”. Read more.