Lurer fra Brudevælte mose.

Lurs from Brudevælte bog or "The Allerød Lurs"


Lur - old nordic meaning hollowed wooden pole.

A wind instrument from the bronze age of a particular nordic type,where about 15 finds are known from Denmark and individual finds from neighboring countries.

The Lurs have been found placed in bogs as offerings, one or more pairs together. The largest find, from Brudevælt bog in Nordsjælland [North Zealand], consists of three pairs.

The Lurs origins go back to signal horns made of animal horns with metal cladding. The classic developed Lur belongs to the early bronze age.

The metal casting technique reaches the peak with the Lur having a wall thicknesses of one millimeter and a length of almost two meters, weighing only about three kilos. The Lur was cast in several pieces and afterwards soldered together.

At the mouth opening is found a beautiful ornamental sound plate. The mouthpiece is removable and often decorated with rattle plates.

The Lurs are played in pairs and cover the eight so called natural notes. In the diatonic C - dur - scale are missing the notes d, f, a and h which only enabling them to play simple tunes and signals.

Translated, by me from "Raunkjærs Konversations Leksikon" Det Danske Forlag København 1951

For more information, have a look at ...

National Museum of Denmark


The Brudevaelte Lurs

or at the

Photographed at Roskilde in October 2002

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Last update - 15th January 2012