Bronze candlesticks, early 15th century, made in Germany or Flanders. Top: Rute parish, Gotland. Height c. 18 cm. Photograph by R. Hejdström. Below right: Fragment from Tåby parish, Östergötland. Photograph by M.R.
Back in November I checked out the enigmatic Tåby figurine and blogged about it. Now I’ve found out what it is: it’s part of a 15th century candlestick and there’s a complete specimen in the Gotland County Museum. The Gotland specimen was kept above ground, in use and in repair from the Middle Ages until recently at a farmstead in Rute parish. Arthur Nordén wasn’t aware of it, but wrote of the Tåby figurine, “It is possible, for instance, that it may have served as a decoration on a chandelier, as holder in a candlestick or some such.”
- Nordén, Arthur. 1924. Bronsstatyetten från Tåby. En arkeologisk kuggfråga. Fornvännen 19. KVHAA. Stockholm.
- Nylén, Karin. 2003. En medeltida figurstake. Gotländskt Arkiv 2003. Gotland County Museum. Visby.
- Westholm, Gun. 2008. Det goda livet i medeltidens Visby. Gotländskt Arkiv 2008. Gotland County Museum. Visby.