Model: Gokstad Viking Ship


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Model: Gokstad Viking Ship   (1913.09.0008A)
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Artist/Maker Ernst Schmidt, maker of reproductions of arms and armor. This item was purchased from Ernst Schmidt and can thus be assumed to be a reproduction.
Geographic Location
Period/Date Medieval, 3rd – 10th century CE original
Culture Norse, Viking
Location On Exhibitin the Europe exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Width) 66.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Depth) 44.5 cm
Dimension 3 (Height) 36.5 cm
Weight 938 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood, Metal, Plaster, Pigment, Textile
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Painting, Piercing, Cast
Munsell Color Information waived

Research Remarks

Published Description

"VIKING SHIP MODEL: The Norwegian original was built entirely of oak, weighed over twenty tons, and could carry a sizable contingent of men and horses. With fleets of these ships, the Vikings conducted piratical raids, territorial conquests, and colonizing ventures." -John Buckler and John McKay, A History of Western Society, (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979), 239. The length of the ship is 79 feet four inches, the beam is 16 1/2 feet and the depth amidships is six feet. The gunwale is above water two feet eleven inches amidships, but six feet six inches at bow and stern. -Unknown, n.d.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Anonymous student paper, "Ship Models," on file Buckler, John, and John McKay. A History of Western Society. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979. Hammer, S. C. & Nyhuus, Haakon. "The Viking Ship Found at Oseberg (729-733)," Century Magazine, LXX. on file. Landstrom, Bjorn. The Ship, an Illustrated History. 1961. Oxenstierna, Eric. "The Vikings," Scientific American Magazine (1967): 67-78. on file. Unger, Richard W. The Archaeology of Boats: Ships of the Vikings. 1982, pp. 20-27. inc. on file.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Purchase
Reproduction Yes
Reproduction Information Purchased from and made by Ernst Schmidt, Munich Germany in 1913. Based on a model (in Munich) of the Gokstad ship. The original Gokstad ship is located in The University Museum, Oslo, Norway. The original was excavated in 1880.

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