Nordic Sun-Horse T-shirt

£15.00 - £18.00
  • Nordic Sun-Horse T-shirt
  • Nordic Sun-Horse T-shirt
  • Nordic Sun-Horse T-shirt
  • Nordic Sun-Horse T-shirt

Design based on a "Sun-Horse" motif from a bronze razor dated to the Nordic Bronze Age (1700-500 BC) found at Neder Hvolris near Viborg, Central Jutland, Denmark.

The journey of the sun across the sky was an important element in The Bronze Age religion. The motif on bronze objects such as razors and on rock carvings in large parts of Scandinavia, but the finest example of them all is The Sun Chariot. The pictures can be interpreted as a narrative about the sun’s journey across the vault of the heavens by day and through the darkness of the underworld by night. The framework of existence was the eternal cycle with its constant alternation of light and darkness. This was illustrated by The Sun Chariot, where a divine horse pulls the sun. The horse was not the sun’s only helper. The imagery of the period is full of ships. On its journey the sun was also transported by the Sun Ship. Other mythological helpers of the sun were fish, snakes and swimming birds.

The usage of razors in Northern European during the Bronze Age is proposed to be symbolic of preparing the dead for life in the next world. The iconography found on the razors is theorised to emulate the petroglyph carvings, as a way of displaying religious symbols, such as boats and suns, in areas that lacked rock outcrops suitable for inscription. Archaeological evidence from the British Isles and Scandinavia shows that men were clean shaven at the time of their deposition. The Danish archaeologist Flemming Kaul surmised that the single edged, decorated razors found across Scandinavia demonstrates similarities between Nordic and Mycenaean razors, reflecting the adoption of a Mycenaean warrior lifestyle by Northern Europeans.