Bronze Age Lur Petroglyph Women's T-shirt
A design based on the Nordic Bronze Age (1700-500 BC) Petroglyph from Kallbey, Bohuslän in West Sweden. The figures shown are believed to be wearing animal skins as demonstrated by the horns and tails that are illustrated, whilst playing bronze lurs. With no written records surviving from the Prehistoric period experts can only speculate the meaning behind Nordic rock art.
The earliest references to an instrument called the lur come from Icelandic sagas, where they are described as war instruments, used to marshal troops and frighten the enemy. These lurs, several examples of which have been discovered in longboats, are straight, end-blown wooden tubes, around one meter long. They do not have finger holes, and are played much like a modern brass instrument.