Unsolved puzzles

07. October 2016 | Johannes Larsen Museum

Johannes Larsen på Nordstranden

Where is Johannes Larsen’s painting of Lars Jens’ burial mound? And who is Lars Jens?

At the moment, the Museums of Eastern Funen’s Department of Landscape and Archaeology is carrying out an excavation at the burial mound called Lars Jens’ Mound on Hindsholm to collect as much information about it as possible before it disappears completely. Lars Jens’ Mound lies in a risky place, at the top of a cliff by Snave Beach. Half of it has already fallen onto the beach. 

But there are mysteries the archaeologists can’t solve, and the museum doesn’t yet have the answers.

Who is Lars Jens? Who was the man that the mound is named after? And why was a burial mound from the Bronze Age named for him?

Where is Johannes Larsen’s painting of Lars Jens’ Mound? We know that Johannes Larsen did an oil painting in 1911 with the title “Lars Jens’ Mound, Snave”. That tells us that the mound already had its name in 1911. The same year, Johannes Larsen painted other scenes in the Snave area, from Snave Farm, a dolmen chamber, a passage grave and Snave Beach. His painting of Lars Jens’ Mound was exhibited in 1913 at Winkel and Magnussen in Copenhagen, where it was valued at 300 kroner. Later, it was in an auction at the Free Exhibition on January 24 & 25, 1922, and that is the last we know of the painting!

If anyone has knowledge of this painting, please let us know.

Information about both mysteries, the name Lars Jens’ Mound and the Johannes Larsen painting of it, can be sent to Mette Ladegaard Thøgersen, head curator at the Johannes Larsen Museum, at mlt@ostfynsmuseer.dk

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