Post by Jack Loomes on Nov 8, 2021 12:46:56 GMT
The Hindsgavl Dagger (Danish: Hindsgavldolken), found in 1886 on the Danish island of Genø, then owned by Hindsgavl Manor on Funen, hence the name, is one of the finest examples of a so-called fishtail flint dagger from the end of the Nordic Stone Age. It is now in the collection of the National Museum of Denmark. It is featured on the current Danish 100-krone banknote.
The dagger was discovered in 1867 by a little boy in a field on the island of Genø, then part of the Hindsgavl. Ehen he saw it, he yielded to his mother "Look Mum, what a beautiful stone!". The estate manager, who was standing nearby, bought the dagger from the boy for a daler and gifted it to the owner of the estate. In 1889, when Paris was both hosting the Exposition Universelle and an archeological congress. Denmark was contributing to an exhibition of archeological artefacts. However, since the National Museum of Denmark under Danish law was not allowed to loan out its objects, Denmark could only send copies and artefacts from private collections. The owner of Hindsgavl Manor, Basse Fønss, lagreed to loan out the Hindsgavl Dagger. Sophus Müller, director of the National Museum, was so impressed with it that he convinced Fønss to deposit it in the museum on a permanent basis. After Fønss's death in 1922, the museum purchased it from his heirs.
The gindsgavl Dagger was made of flint in around 1800 BC, It is 29.5 cm long and has a blade thickness of less than 1 cm. It is an example of a so-called fish tal dagger, named for the shape of the handle. The design was inspired by imported bronze daggers, which had already started to appear on the Scandinavian market. Production of flint daggers continued well into the Nordic Bronze Age.