Single Head Wave Tail Ale Bowl
Handcrafted at Blue Frogs. Beautifully crafted one at a time, each wood carving starts from an original hand drawing. Every step of the carving and painting process is done with great attention to detail and as a finishing touch a French paste wax is buffed into the finish until a rich luster is obtained.
Also called kjenge, this type of bowls gained popularity around mid-1700 and are still found in most farm houses and rural Norwegian homes. Beer was brewed in Norwegian homes to celebrate important holidays like weddings, funerals, Baptisms, Christmas, and New Year’s. It would be traditionally served in ale bowls and passed among family members. The design of the bowls represent, not only the heritage of each family, but also a symbol of both status and fertility. As generations came and went, the ale bowl along with other heirloom furnishings would be passed down among family members tying the ale bowl to a specific area and family.
Ale bowls come in many shapes and sizes with the most common shape being birds. Sometimes the shapes reflect the imagination of the maker and could be quit creative like dragons, rams, and real or mythological creatures.
The two-headed dragon ale bowls are typical of the west coast of Norway near Voss.
Dimensions: 12 x 4.5 x 7 inches.