University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 97-124-149
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Bronze Age
Provenience: Denmark
Schleswig
Emmerlev
Locus: barrow grave
Period: Bronze Age
Section:European
Materials:Cloth
Credit Line:Gift of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1997
Other NumberL-124-149 - Old Museum Number
11107 - ANSP Number
38 - Original Number

Description

Fragment of Sorcerer's Cloak. "(physician, doctor...) from a grave... The grave was opened under the superindendance of professor Worsaae, the celebrated Danish antiquarian. It was a barrow. In the center, under a map of stones there was the trunk of an oak, split in two and hollowed out, so as to form a coffin, into which the ashes of the dead were laid, together with his long fine hair, his bronze sword and a leather pouch containing a knife of bronze and one of flint, sewn up in a leather so as not to unsheath, the tail of a lizard, the head of a mouse and a shell from the Mediterranean, -- all that, ashes, sword, hair and pouch wrapped in the cloak and wonderfully well preserved. The coarse woolen stuff is curious. The thread when spinning has been made to pass through cow's hair, so as to become hairy and a form of warm thick cloth when woven. Several barrows with such rude coffins of the Bonze Age have been found in the neighbouring district. These exceptional and extraordinary finds have not been made elsewhere on the continent. This description is take from the catalogue card.


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