letters from the north

Nivisarsiaq


Maria, that is her name. She came to Norway and Denmark around 1747 or a little before with a missionary Mr. Sylo. She was painted by Mathias Blumenthal a few years after her death and then again 5 years later. She died on her way back to Greenland in Bergren, Norway, which was part of Denmark at the time.



One painting is hanging in the National Museum in Københagen and the other is owned by an unknown Swedish man. Nivisarsiaq means 'young girl' in Greenlandic.