New life to old shards! Bryggens Museums is proud to present the great, grim English Grimston-pottery from the Middle Ages.
Most of the pottery found in Bergen from the 13th and 14th century has been made in a single small village in England: Grimston. From here came a large number of jugs with green glazing, often decorated with simple, grim faces. Few of these were sold locally, but were instead transported 600 miles over the North Sea.
How did such a small place, so far from Bergen, become the main provider of pottery to Norway’s largest city? What is the reason that the people of medieval Bergen wanted to buy jugs ornamented with bearded men with empty, staring eyes? This is an exhibition about the journey of these jugs, from their creation by unknown hands 800 years ago, and to their use and eventual destruction. The shards tell about the development of European trade, and how a small producer could find a large and distant market.