Viking Warrior Bronze Pendant or Mount 9th-12th Century
Heading : Viking Warrior Bronze Pendant or Mount, 9th-12th Century
Date: 9th to 12th century
Origin: Northern Europe
Description: A flat-section of openwork bronze decorative piece, may have been a pendant or mount, stylised horse with armed rider, the rider's arms could have formed the suspension hoops
Size and Weight: 33mm x 30mm, 3g
Features and Provenance: From London collector
This beautiful bronze applique may have originally been attached to a horse harness or male clothing adornment such as a belt. It is known that decorative mounts were recycled as jewellery when the original purpose was over; being traded as an amulet or symbol of achievement - whether actually achieved or just for show.
Viking wanderlust made them great traders; they are often maligned as nothing more than Scandinavian thugs, but nothing could be further from the truth. The range of their trade-goods was extensive - and included slaves. Norsemen never referred to themselves as Vikings as it was an old Norse word meaning 'adventure and trade'. It did however, enter English lexicons in the 18th century, but even then it was only meant to refer to 'a Scandinavian.'
Condition Summary. This varies with the age of the artefact and there are grades between
Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of pattern etc present, visible and clear
Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of pattern etc present, but may be worn
Fine (F). Wear on the artefact and parts of item and pattern etc may be missing or not visible
- Product Code: 21112912
- Availability: Sold