Clatter Amulet Pendant, Silver

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The ancient fortification of Staraja Ladoga in Russia near St. Petersburg is located at an old trade route leading from the Ladoga lake and the rivers Wolchow and Volga down to the Caspian Sea. The oldest scandinavian finds are dated to the mid of the 8th centruy AD, even combined with finds of arabic and oriental origin. The settlement is a proof for the lively trade between the vikings and the islamic world. Also inscriptions in Rune letters demonstrate the presence of vikings.
The burial gifts in the grave fields are often of mixed origin with swedish, finnish and slavonic artifacts. Maybe the vikings used this location only as stop at their journeys and did trade with the local people. Also the burial rites seem to point toward this interpretation.

The burial objects of mound 6 of Zaozere in the south-eastern Ladoga area are of finnish origin, but in the same grave were found oval brooches of western scandinavian style and head rings of slavonic origin. The objects date to the 10th century AD.

To find a meaning for the amulets with horse heads and clattering pendants is not easy, but probably it was used to repel any misfortune and evil demons. A mythological explanation of our customer "SP" from Finland: The two-horse motif is reference to Finnish mythology, where a song depicts two heroes Väinämöinen and Joukahainen meeting mounted on horses, followed by a duel between them. This theme has been depicted also in later times by famous artists such as Gallen-Kallela. Väinämöinen is same as Wotan or Odin, Joukahainen to my knownledge has no direct Germanic parallel.

The pendant is handcrafted from massive 925 sterling silver and delivered with leather thong, certificate and gift box.


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