The Oseberg Wagon

Title

The Oseberg Wagon

Subject

Archaeological artefacts

Description

The Oseberg Wagon was one of several means of transport that were found with the mid-10th century Oseberg ship burial. The wagon is intricately carved with scenes on all its sides. The back of the wagon features at least ten cats, possibly relating it, and the people that travelled in it, to Freyja: Freyja had a cart pulled by two cats. The front features carvings that may relate to the ever-popular Sigurd legend. Carts like this are also featured on the tapestry found in the Oseberg burial.

It is thought that the wagon was not intended to travel long distances because of its solid wooden wheels. The wagon bed appears to be able to be lifted from the chassis, and one suggestion is that it was a means for a person to board a ship without getting their feet wet.

The related links expand on this discussion.

Creator

RDale

Source

Vikingskipshuset

Publisher

RDale

Date

12/09/2016

Contributor

RDale

Rights

RDale, Kulturhistorisk museum

Relation

http://www.khm.uio.no/
http://www.jstor.org/stable/1259502
https://thornews.com/2015/03/15/what-was-the-purpose-of-the-mysterious-oseberg-cart/
http://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/exhibitions/oseberg/osebergcart.html
http://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/exhibitions/oseberg/

Format

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Language

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Type

StillImage

Identifier

http://www.worldtreeproject.org/document/2097

Coverage

Viking Age, Vikingtiden, Vikingatida, Norway, Norge, Oseberg, Bygdoy, Bygdøy

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Collection

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Item Relations

This Item dcterms:relation Item: The Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
This Item dcterms:relation Item: The Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
This Item dcterms:relation Item: The Oseberg Ship
This Item dcterms:relation Item: The Oseberg Ship viewed from the Stem
This Item dcterms:relation Item: The Oseberg Ship viewed from the stern
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