Name/TitleSilver crucifixion cross found at Birka, Sweden, Swedish History Museum, 108914
About this objectDiscovered in the late 19th century in Viking-era grave Bj 660 in Birka/Björkö , Sweden, and fashioned from silver filigree, this was thought to be the earliest depiction of Christ in Scandinavia possibly predating the Jelling Stone of 965 [EXH18]. More recently, a similar cross in gold filigree was discovered on Funen Island in Denmark [EXH4], also thought to date from as early as the early 10th century. These crosses, along with those shown on the amulets from Ribe [EXH6], suggest that Christianity had reached Scandinavia before Ansgar's mission [EXH7] and found at least some converts who showed their faith with such objects.
Subject and Association KeywordsArrivals
Subject and Association KeywordsCrosses
Subject and Association DescriptionLearn More: Brink 2012; Stäcker 2003, Trotzig 2004;
Medium and MaterialsSilver
Credit LineSwedish History Museum
Object numberEXH5: 108914