Pre-Viking Scandinavian Gilt Pelta Pendant with Bird, 7th Century AD
The profile bird with hooked claw and divided tail is a motif used in England and Scandinavia in the 6th-7th century AD. It appears on the shield of the king in Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo (photo) and on the equipment of the contemporary burials at Vendel, Valsgärde and elsewhere in central Sweden.
Carl Larsson’s idea for a Temple of Memory in Uppsala
The artist Carl Larsson wanted to erect a Temple of Memory on one of the king’s mounds. The temple would contain huge sculptures of Odin, Thor and Balder, the heart of Gustavus Adolphus in its urn, and finds from the Vendel burials.
This would make Swedes “believe in the primeval nobility and loftiness of our race”. “For me, and presumably for you too, this place is still sacred.”
(Idea proposed by Carl Larsson in the magazine “Ord och bild”. 1908)