Small Viking Amulet Iceland, Gold
Pendant of the Viking Age after a find from Foss / Hrunamannahreppur on Iceland. The pendant is neither a typical Thor's hammer nor a Christian cross, but forms its own symbolism with its animal head. The pendant is reduced to about 1/3 of its original size and is therefore very suitable as a discreet pendant for everyday use or also as an earring.
Viking Amulet Iceland
Pendant of the Viking Age after a find from Foss / Hrunamannahreppur on Iceland. The pendant is neither a typical Thor's hammer nor a Christian cross, but forms its own symbolism with its animal head. Handmade from solid gold, it comes with a leather thong in a case. The pendant is reduced to about 1/3 of its original size and is therefore very suitable as a discreet pendant for everyday use or also as an earring. Size approx. 12 x 22 mm.
Viking Amulet Iceland
Amulets were worn to secure protection and assistance from the gods and to participate in their power. The belief in the healing effect of amulets stems from magical thinking and is by no means extinct even in the modern religions.
Miniature hammers, the sign of the god Thor, have been unearthed in many specimens in settlements and graves of the northern Germanic tribes. While the Christians used the cross as their symbol, the pagans wore the Thor hammer as jewellery and amulet.
Most notable is a greeting mould from the Viking settlement of Haithabyr (Haithabu) near Schleswig that can be used on both sides. One side of the mould can be used to cast a Thor hammer and the other a cross.
The Edda from the 13th century portrays the god Thor as blustering and hot-tempered, but also good-natured, humorous and easily reconciled. He was a strong and great protector to the warriors; cunning and cunning were not his forte.
The rumbling of his goat-drawn sky chariot produces thunder and his hammer Mjöllnir (the "Malmer") hurls lightning. It is a magical weapon that returns to its master after being thrown and teaches enemies to fear it.
Also noteworthy is a casting mould from the Viking settlement of Haithabu near Schleswig, which allows the casting of both a Thor hammer and a cross.
Between these extremes, mediating forms also seem to have emerged in this phase of religious upheaval, to which this amulet from Foss on Iceland probably also belongs. In indigenous and certainly also in pagan tradition, a pendant was created consisting of an upside-down, openwork cross decorated with an animal head. These representations of heads on jewellery and robe pins are frequent occurrences in Germanic art. The piece dates to the 10th-11th century AD.
|Delivery time||4-5 weeks|
|size||12 x 22 mm|
|Kind of replica||Pendants|
|scope of delivery||Delivery in a jewellery case with leather necklace and certificate|