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We have a quite particular chair at the museum. It is made from the bones of a fin whale that stranded on Agger Tange at Limfjorden in 1836. The fin whale is the second largest whale and therefore it was kind of a sensation 🐋🎉⠀
We received the chair from the Museum of Herning in 2013, but the chair is reportedly only one out of 12 chairs. It has been at the Museum of Herning since the start of the 20th century, but no one knows where the remaining 11 chairs are.⠀
It might seem macabre to have a chair made from the bones of a whale, but in fact fishermen from Greenland often sat on whale chairs when they were fishing by the breathing holes in the ice 🐟 Many fishermen would also place small boats of light bird bones and feathers on the water surface of the holes. That way, when a seal would swim up towards a breathing hole, the pressure would rise and the boat would lift off from the water – a sign for the fisherman to be ready.