‘Priceless’ medieval church artifacts stolen

National alerts were issued for several 'priceless' church artifacts stolen overnight on Sunday from Tidersrums church in southeastern Sweden's Kisa.

'Priceless' medieval church artifacts stolen

Among the missing items are an altar cross or crucifix, two candlesticks and three wooden sculptures from the 13th and 14th centuries.

The sculptures, which newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten described as “priceless” on its website on Monday, depict the Virgin Mary and St. Catherine.

“The large losses are the medieval sculptures,” Jan Eriksson, curator at the Östergötland county museum, told the newspaper.

The wooden church, which belongs to the Linköping diocese headquartered nearly 70 km away, dates from the 1200s and is one of Sweden’s few remaining medieval wooden churches.

The thieves were apparently knew what they were looking for and were familiar with the church, located about 10 km southwest from Kisa, a town with a population of 3,700.

The stone sacristy, or room for keeping vestments and other church furnishings, sacred vessels and parish records, dates from the late medieval period, while the church porch to the west was constructed in 1860.

The interior has fragmented paintings from the mid-14th century. The pulpit was added in 1661, while several medieval wooden sculptures are preserved.

Police are performing a forensic investigation in the church on Monday afternoon.

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Vandals damage iconic Norwegian sculpture

Norway's famous Sinnataggen or Angry Boy sculpture has been removed for repairs after vandals attempted to saw off its left foot.

Vandals damage iconic Norwegian sculpture
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The bronze sculpture, a national treasure and arguably the most famous work by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, was damaged during the early hours of Tuesday.

It will be returned to Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park once repairs have taken place.

Oslo Municipality, which owns the park and the sculptures, has said it is currently investigating the incident. It is not the first time someone has vandalised the work and in 2005 surveillance cameras were set up around Sinnataggen.

“This is damage to a protected cultural monument and the matter will be reported to the police,” Oslo Municipality said in a statement.

The city said it wants people to be able to enjoy the art up close and hopes they do not have to set up barriers.


“We hope to resolve the matter quickly and that the sculpture returns… as soon as possible,” the municipality statement said.

Sinnataggen has been displayed in the park since 1940, where it has been subjected to vandalism on a number of occasions.

On New Year’s Eve 1991, it was stolen before being recovered and in 2012 somebody painted the depiction of a stamping baby completely red.

There are 58 bronze sculptures, modelled by Vigeland between 1925 and 1933, on display in the Frogner park.

In 2017, an original miniature of the worlds most beloved angry toddler sold for 1.6 million Kroner. The miniature version was cast in 1911 and is one of ten different versions of the angry boy. Unlike the larger, more renowned version, the miniature has hair on its head.