Birka Supkopp Set, Black, Handmade

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  • A set with 2 cups
  • Holds approx. 0.7 dl (2.4 oz)
  • Handmade stoneware
  • Size: Approx. 6 cm (2.3") high
  • Based on a historical find
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This set of two small, Viking Age cups is based on the find from grave mound 971 in Birka, Sweden. The term "supkopp" translates to "cup with a mouthful of liquor". 

The cups are wholly handmade here in Sweden without a potter’s wheel, just as the original was made over 1000 years ago. The triangular patterns used is a common design evident on several finds from Birka. 

The cups are made from stoneware with a matt glazed inside in order to make them more durable and easier to clean. This allows them to be washed in a dish washer and they can also withstand a microwave oven.

Product number: 4169

Iron was precious during the Viking Age, which led to black burning stoneware in an attempt to mimic the appearance of iron. This was done through reduction firing in a closed pit that restricts oxygen, which turns the pottery black with metallic features. These cups are made to imitate the process.

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