GENOMFÖRD PROGRAMPUNKT: Föredrag av årets mottagare av Monteliusmedaljen: Alexandra Pesch, ”Swedish gold collars and the powers of Animals”

Onsdag den 26 oktober kl 18:00, Historiska museet, Alexandra Pesch: ”Swedish gold collars and the powers of Animals”.

The three Swedish gold collars from Ålleberg, Färjestaden and Möne, all found already in the 19th century, are among the most exquisite products of goldsmithing in Europe. Being the only known examples of a category of objects that surpass all others dating from the late Roman and Migration Periods in terms of their material worth and superior craftsmanship, they have been studied over the years by many scholars, amongst them Oscar Montelius, Wilhelm Holmqvist, Kent Andersson and Jan Peder Lamm. Their complicated construction, their fine filigree decorations and, above all, their vast array of applied zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures (animals, hybrid creatures, divine figures) are most fascinating and challenge us to study the objects in greater detail. Thus the morphological and technological features are to be examined as well as the cross-cultural relationships at the time of the collars as a precondition for the creation of such objects. Additionally, the iconography and hermeneutics of the gold collars are in focus, using all sorts of source material for the interpretation, including myths from the pagan religion, and Celtic, Roman and Romanic imageries. The collars turn out to be a manifestation of a specific northern Germanic identity and of the synthetic Germanic culture as well, which was, in contrast to the Late Antique and medieval »book cultures«, based on imagery: a true »visual culture«. Thus the gold collars rightly are described as the ancient Swedish crown jewels.

I samband med föredraget delas Monteliusmedaljen ut till föredragshållaren, Alexandra Pesch.

Föredraget hålls på engelska.

Obs! Museet kommer att ha en allmän visning klockan 17:00-17:30 den 26/10 på tema Forntiden. Då kommer även guldhalskragarna i Guldrummet att visas. Visningen kostar 40 kr.

Tid: Onsdag den 26 oktober, klockan 18:00
Plats: Historiska museet