The familiar Scandinavian toast sköl derives from scole, the drinking bowl shaped like the upper half of a human skull. Originally, these bowls were fashioned from the actual skulls of enemy killed in battle. (the Aztecs also relished drinking their beer from their enemies skulls judging from several poems they wrote about it.)

The familiar Scandinavian toast "sköl" derives from scole, the drinking bowl shaped like the upper half of a human skull. Originally, these bowls were fashioned from the actual skulls of enemies killed in battle.

The pattern of this ceremonial drinking bowl, which is brightly painted and carved with horse-head handles, has been traditional in Norway since Medieval times. The chip carving was traditional technique and the painted scrolling foliage, which ultimately derived from the baroque style, became part of the Norwegian folk art tradition. The bowl, or kjenge, is carved from a single block of birch, as all such pieces were. This is one of many bowls to survive from the 18th century.

Ale bowl

Ale bowl, (made). Carved ceremonial ale bowl of wood, carved and painted, Norway, century.

Slöjden börjar i skogen

Slöjden börjar i skogen

DigitaltMuseum - Kane frå Mo i Telemark "-jeg staar for dig som en hane drick af mig det er din hvane- O.K.S ANO 1760"

DigitaltMuseum - Kane frå Mo i Telemark "-jeg staar for dig som en hane drick af mig det er din hvane- O.K.S ANO 1760"

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