Wedding Portrait Vest Agder Bowl - JP3070

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A delightful wedding couple in the center of this bowl is surrounded by a profusion of flowers, leaves and small teardrops or comma strokes from the Vest Agder area of Norway.

At the very southern tip of Norway, immediately to the left of the Setesdal Valley on the map, is the area or county known as Vest Agder (West Agder). The port towns of Mandal and Kristiansand were the bases for trade with Holland.

The folk art of this area is based on floral baroque. With straighter scrolls, almost like palm trees, ending in a profusion of flowers, leaves, and small teardrops or comma strokes. This is an area where we can see many examples of the wedding party painted around the outer edge of the inside of the bowl. A few drunks were usually in attendance as the wedding party progressed.