Excavated Viking Silver Belt Plate Group x 6 from a Bard
This is a rare Scandinavian Viking silver belt plate group, dating to the 10th - 11th century A.D. It was excavated with a group of plates belonging to the same belt, that would have once belonged to a Bard or Seer. The larger plates in the group (not included in this lot) depict Huginn and Muninn, the ravens of Odin. Huginn represents 'thought' and Muninn 'memory'. Generally, Viking warriors would have no need for a silver belt depicting thought and memory, but this would come in handy to a Bard or Shamanic Seer. The belt plate is stamped from silver sheet, in imitation of repousee work. Such a belt would have been very 'showy', a display of wealth and worn as a mark of rank. It is likely to have been gifted by a Jarl to his favorite Bard as a mark of favor. Very few of these belts are ever found, most being recycled in the bullion economy for the weight of silver.
This is a great opportunity to acquire a great looking piece of Viking age silver, the other plates (last photograph) are also available and can be sold together (just contact me)
This sale is for six (6) of the smaller double triangle plates, originally spacers mounted between the larger raven plates (see the last photograph). the larger plates are also available on a separate listing.
OBJECT: Belt Plate x6
DATE: c. 10th - 11th century A.D.
SIZE: 21mm x 16mm
WEIGHT: 6.01 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. R. Doussy Collection, Staffordshire.