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The Trundholm Sun Chariot is part of Masterpiece, an Italian podcast by Archeostorie® that describes some of the most beautiful and famous artworks from antiquity.

Fig. 1. The Trundholm Sun Chariot (source: Wikimedia Commons).

A new day!

A new day, and I am still stuck here pulling my weight.

The light spreads across the sleeping earth, awakening plants and beasts with a gentle touch. From every forest and every roof, voices of birds sing the anthem in his honor: an ancient ritual of a thousand dawn.

On the chariot, the disk burns, blinding and terrible in its divine splendor. I feel the grip of the heat on my hocks, the acrid odor of burning hair.

Who will free me from the yoke?

Heroes save kings and virgins of noble blood, no one gets their hands dirty for a horse exhausted by endless servitude.

I will never again gallop free across the heavenly prairies, placating my hunger and thirst with grass soft from dew. My hoofs are worn to the bone, the earth a mirage far below.

Day and night, between the clouds and the stars, the chariot of the sun never arrests its course. Now he shows his glowing side, now his dark one. Every medal has two sides…

So it has been and will be, until the end of the world.

Who will free me from the yoke?

The Trundholm Sun Chariot (or Solvognen), found in 1902 on the island of Selandia in Denmark, dates back to the XV-XIV century BC.  

The chariot and the horse were cast in bronze with the lost wax method.

The disc, nearly 10 inches wide, presents a single golden face: it is believed to represent the sun in its daily journey across the sky, while the other side depicts the sun “extinguished” during the night. Today this work can be found in the National Museum of Copenhagen.

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How to cite

Cappelletti, G. 2019. The Trundholm Sun Chariot. Archeostorie. Journal of Public Archaeology. 3: pp. 111-112. DOI: https://doi.org/10.23821/2019_5f/