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Carved ceremonial ale bowl of wood, carved and painted, Norway, 18th century.

Ceremonial drinking vessel, carved from a single block of birch, with two horses head-shaped handles, painted in rich colours. The grain of the wood runs transversely between the horses' heads, and a spine of thicker wood in a saddle shape runs down inside the handles and across the bottom to add strength when the bowl was full of liquid. The wood has split at the bottom and is reinforced with a m…