The animal head posts get new display cases during the autumn of 2014
The work on the display cases will commence in October and last for the rest of the year. During this time, the animal head posts will not be on display. We ask for your understanding of the fact that our work to preserve the cultural heritage in the best possible way means that they will be unavailable to guests for a while. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The animal head posts have been mounted in the same display cases since 1956. These display cases do not meet modern requirements for museum standards. Thus the animal head posts will not only get new display cases but also be documented using photography and 3D scanning during this time. This will give us the best possible knowledge about the state of the objects.
Five unique animal head posts were found in the Oseberg burial. Four of these are on display in the Viking Ship Museum. The fifth has unfortunately been destroyed, its remains are kept in the museum's storerooms.
We do not know for certain what the animal head posts were used for. They were found in a corner of the burial chamber. The animal head posts were tied with rope. One of the ropes passed through the mouth of one of the animal heads, like reins. A shaft about half a meter long is fixed at the base of the neck of each of them. The heads could have been carried using the shafts, but they could also have been mounted on walls or even a throne.