Una maschera di morte: musica, danza e nágríma nella Bósa saga ok Herrauðs

Angelica Aurora Montanari


This article aims to analyse a wedding dance mentioned in the Bósa saga ok Herrauðs, a Norse text whose oldest surviving codices were composed in Iceland in the late 14th century. The dance performance was combined with the melodies of a harpist, whose identity was concealed by a mask made of human skin. The contribution will then explore the relationship between the macabre disguise and the performance, highlighting the peculiar features of the choreomusical ritual.


Medieval Dance; Mask; Human Skin; Bósa saga ok Herrauðs; Old Norse Literature

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13129/2240-5380/12.2022.35-44


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