Cormorants Wrought Iron Sculpture - Signed "Smia" and Dated 1999
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Cormorants are large black birds that perch on the rocky northern shore of the Norwegian Sea, spreading their wings to dry before diving into the water to hunt for fish. Hand wrought iron cormorant souvenirs have been made in the town of Lofoten for more than 50 years and many of them stand in fireplace alcoves and on windowsills in local homes. The iron birds are mounted on a smooth stone to simulate their natural habitat.
The shield shaped foil label on one side of the stone reads "LOFOTEN HANDMADE NORWAY" with an outline of a Viking ship that contains the letters HG. These initials honor the blacksmith Hans Gjertsen who began making the Lofoten cormorants in the 1960's. He is famous for having presented his sculpture of a king cormorant to King Olav V in 1963. The current blacksmith, Tor-Vegard Mørkved, took over in 1989. The bottom of the stone has the hand written word "Smia," which means "smithy" in Norwegian, along with the date 1999.
These handsome birds stand 6 inches tall, including the rock which measures about 4 inches by 3 inches, and the piece weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. Everything is in excellent condition, ready to grace your home and carry on the tradition.