Gutdalen Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Total length of the staff:
Weight of the staff:
Cross section of the shaft (shape):
Width of the shaft:
Generally 1cm and thicker in some areas probably due to heavy corrosion.
Length of the ‘handle’ measured from the upper part/tip of the staff:
Length of the ‘handle’ measured from the upper part of the upper mount to the lower end of the lower mount:
Number of rods:
6 (one of them is broken). All rods are twisted
5 (each one is of the same size and type)
Length of rods:
11cm, but since they are fitted under the mounts they must be a little longer.
Dimensions of rings:
Thickness: ca. 5mm
Width: ca. 5mm
External diameter: ca. 4cm
Internal diameter: ca. 3cm
Other attachments in the ‘handle’ part:
The terminal upper end of the object is looped.
A very interesting find unlike any other object of this kind. The ‘handle’ consists of 6 rods (each one of them is twisted) that encircle a shaft (which in the ‘handle’ part is also twisted). There are 5 rings on five of the rods. Probably there was also a ring on the sixth rod, but it is not preserved. It is significant to note that the whole item is bent in half at a very strong angle (around 75 degrees). No other item of this kind is bent at such an angle. The bending of this object seems to have been intentional.
Description of the plate:
Fig. 1: The ‘handle’ of the staff.
Fig. 2: Details of the upper part of the staff’s ‘handle’.
Fig. 3: The lower end of the staff with a sharp point.
Fig. 4: Details of the lower part of the staff’s ‘handle’.