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Ashmolean Museum inventory no. AN1909.453. Gold, garnet. Mid 7th century. The central roundel is divided into concentric rings, comprised of rectangular and T-shaped cloisonné work cells. The flared arms of the cross comprise a central panel divided into four sections, bordered by rectangular cells containing garnets of a brighter red than those in the...
Aegishjalmur is a magical symbol of protection used by Vikings. Originally from Iceland, it is also known as a terror or fear spell. These types of symbols were commonly used by Viking warriors as a protective sign painted on the forehead before the battle, known as herkumbl ("war sign"). Drawn between the eyes, it was granted the ability to make the...
Thor's hammer is undoubtedly one of the most representative pieces of Viking jewelry. This is a double ended hammer pendant with perforated subspherical terminal for suspension; the hammer is stamped on both sides with triangles containing six pellets; nine stamps on each side. The piece on which this replica is based is in the British Museum in London.
Fibula inspired by Nordic zoomorphic pieces. In Norse mythology, Hildisvíni (from Old Norse: battle boar) as reported in Hyndluljóð in the Poetic Edda was the boar of the goddess Freyja who rode when not using her cat-drawn chariot. It was also Áli's helmet that was taken by the Swedish king Adils after the battle on the frozen lake of Vänern, which ended...