Scandinavian Viking Silver Thor's Hammer Amulet

Code: 10529


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This is a rare Scandinavian Viking silver amulet, dating to the 9th - 11th century A.D. It is shaped as a stylized hammer, known as a 'Mjölnir' the hammer of the god Thor. Hammer amulets were worn by pagan Vikings seeking the divine patronage and strength of Thor, especially useful for a warrior seeking Valhalla! This example is decorated with rows of punch-work. The suspension loop is drawn out of the handle, hammered over and joined with a single rivet. Similar pendants have been recorded NMS-8E57D8LIN-D3E540, NLM-1A6811A and LEIC-185125. A nice historical piece of masculine jewellery, in good excavated condition.

OBJECTAmulet

CULTURE: Viking

DATE: c. 9th - 11th century A.D.

MATERIAL: Silver

SIZE: 31mm x 18mm x 2mm

WEIGHT: 4.3 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. G. Bennett Collection, Cambridgeshire.

Scandinavian Viking Silver Thor's Hammer Amulet