Art History

60 horse figures carved into the timber of the barn at Berbu date back to the 17th century, and are examples of traditional Norwegian scrollwork.

The horses are equipped with bristling manes and obvious phalluses, and were probably supposed to increase fertility at the farm. This magic followed the Berbu-family from the moment they took over the farm in approx. 1850, but it did not last forever. The last family consisted of seven siblings, but none of them had any children.