Images of the beads are published by Unimus, the joint web portal of the Norwegian university museums, alongside the other finds from the same grave. They are divided into six groups numbered 4 to 9. The two most unique beads make up groups 4 and 5 on their own, and two pairs of similar ones are kept together in groups 6 and 8. The remaining twelve beads, however, seems to be divided arbitrarily between groups 7 and 9. In this discussion, each bead is assigned an ID based on the Unimus grouping, with a Greek letter added indicating its position within the Unimus images (in normal reading order, α being the top left).
Because the top-down viewpoint of the majority of the Unimus images reveal little of the beads' decoration, they are supplemented here by photos taken by Hilde Thunem (and adapted by Tor Gjerde) of the beads in the display case at Stiklestad National Culture Centre where they are currently exhibited, and of the large black glass bead (currently stored at The museum of Natural History and Archeology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet).
Above: The 16 smaller glass beads as exhibited at Stiklestad National Culture Centre.
Neither the amber bead (5) nor the larger glass bead (4) are present.
Back row: 9β - 9γ - 8α - 9δ - 9η
Middle row: 6α - 7β - 9ζ - 8β - 9α - 9ε
Front row: 6β - 7δ - 7α - 7ε - 7γ
Left: The Unimus images rearranged based on similarities in the properties of the beads.
|Unimus||Private photos||Mean size [mm]||Material||Decoration|
|9η||14||5||Translucent yellow glass||None|
|9ζ||13||7||Translucent green glass||None|
|9α||10||7||Translucent blue glass||None|
|7γ||15||13||Translucent teal glass||None|
|7α||18||8||Translucent teal glass||None|
|7δ||18||8||Translucent teal glass||3 equidistant repeating designs of red and white opaque glass|
|7β||18||10||Translucent teal glass||3 equidistant repeating designs of red and white opaque glass|
|7ε||18||7||Translucent teal glass||3 equidistant repeating designs of red and white opaque glass|
|9γ||17||7||Translucent teal glass||Sinusoidal band of red and white opaque glass|
|9β||19||11||Coarse opaque black glass||Sinusoidal band of red and yellow opaque glass|
|6α||21||13||Coarse opaque black glass||Randomly placed spots of blue and white opaque glass|
|6β||21||16||Coarse opaque black glass||Randomly placed spots of blue and white opaque glass|
|9δ||14||6||Coarse opaque black glass||Remains of white opaque glass|
|9ε||10||7||Opaque white glass||2 equidistant repeating designs of red, white and pale blue opaque glass|
|8β||11||7||Opaque orange glass||None|
|8α||11||7||Opaque red glass||None|
|4||40||21||Opaque black glass||None remaining, but the recesses may have held decorations that did not not fuse with the black glass|
A reconstruction of the beads was made by Atelier Cobalt based on the photographs and measurements.
Universitetenes Fotoportal: Photographs of T 16136 beads: