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Rock-art-lollapalooza part 2: the Fossum site

Next stop on my Rock art lollapalooza in the UNESCO world Herritage site Tanum is Fossum. The rock art in Tanum is dated to the Bronze Age, ca 1500-1000 BC.

Among the pictures are hunting scenes, people holding axes, people playing horns and of course lots of ships, animals, foot soles and cup marks etc.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

¬†There’s still more to come ūüôā

Magnus Reuterdahl


Some 17th and 18th century copperplate engravings

Once again in Jonkoping and once again finding myself on a shopping spree. This weekend I’m visiting my parents before going on a job in the southwest of Sweden. And as luck has it I picked up some 17th and 18th century copperplate engravings and prints, if coloured they’re hand coloured.

These two lovely copperplate engravings¬†by Briot, 1672 or 1676, from Histoire de L’Etat Present de L’Empire Ottoman.

To the right, ‚ÄúVin Spahis‚ÄĚ(Tome 2, Fol. 33). Spahi or Kapu Kuli was one of the finest horsemen of the six corps of the Ottoman and later Turkish army. To the left Le Ianisar Agasi, General des Ianissaires (Tome 2 Fol. 45). The¬†Ianissaires where one of the greatest strengths of the Ottoman (and Turkish?) armed forces.

A black and white copperplate engraving of the Chinese wall, in the background is the city Xogon Koton (not sure of its current name or the Pinyin transcription).

The Embassadors entry through the famous Chinese Wall. Near 1200 miles in length from John Harris’s Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca or A Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels 1748.

The next engraveing is also on a Chinese view of the Porcelain tower of Nanjing or Bao’ensi.

Prospect of the Porcelane tower at Nan King in China (Sparrow sculp), ca 1790.

The last one with a Chinese motive is named the procession at a Chinese funeral (vol II pag.217) from The general history of China : containing a geographical, historical chronological, political and physical description of the Empire of China, Chinese-Tartary, Corea and Thibet including an exact and particular account of their customs, manners, cermonies, religion, arts and sciences by Jean Baptiste du Halde 1739. (volume the second, The Second edition Corrected)

I also bought a map of the north part of Scandinavia; the Norwegian coast Sweden from Medelpad, the north part of Finland, the north west of Russia. On the map Laponie Suedoise is especially marked. The map is named Carte des courones du Nord, d√©di√©e au tres-puissantet et trees-invincible prince Charles XII roy de Suede des Gots et des Vandales, grand duc dr finlandie &c, &c, &c. Par son tres humble et tres obeissant serviteur Guillaume De l’Isle de l’Academie Rle. des Sciences, 1706. A Paris, chez l’Auteur sur le Quai de l’Orloge a avec Privilege du Roy. Grave par Liebaux le fils. ¬†The map was made by Guillaume de Lisle (1675-1726), this map is printed in Paris 1780.

Magnus Reuterdahl


Illustrative illustrations

As usual a trip to Jonkoping means that I also get some new editions to my library; this time I bought Människor och andar (Men and spirits) by Ossian Elgström (1921), the Atlas (containing 14 illustrations) from Muittalus Samid Birra (A book on the lives of the Sami) by Johan Turi (1910) and Atlas öfver Skandinaviens däggdjur (Atlas; the Mammals of Scandinavia) by A.E. Holmgren (text) and W. Meves (illustrations) (1873).

The books are richly illustrated, I though I’d share some of the illustrations and some info on the books.

August Emil Holmgren’s¬†(1829-88)¬†was a¬†Swedish zoologist. His research took him on travels throughout Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France and Spitsbergen. His research was foremost on bugs, especially on wasps and two winged insects, but he was also well oriented on birds, mammals and flora. Some illustrations from Atlas √∂fver Skandinaviens d√§ggdjur

Bear (Landtbjörn)

Craniums  (mammals)

Johan Turi aka Johan Thuuri aka Johan Tuuri aka Johan Thuri (1854 -1936) is one of the first Sami writers. Interesting is that due to lack of schooling he invented a writing system of his own to be able to write down his story. Some illustrations from Muittalus Samid Birra;

Josef David Ossian Elgström (1883 -1950) was a Swedish ethnologist, author and artist. Among other things he made several travels to Lapland, Sápmi and Greenland where he studied myths and lore which he presented in several books and in paintings as these  illustrations from Människor och andar;

Illustration of the legend of the animal with the iron tail

Illustration of the legend of the intestines disemboweler

Another illustration of the legend of the intestines disemboweler

Well that’s all for now.

Magnus Reuterdahl


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