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Viking Gold and Rock Crystal Pendant, 9th-11th Century AD

Viking Gold and Rock Crystal Pendant, 9th-11th Century AD

Viking Gold and Quartz Magic Pendant, 8th-11th Century AD  This pendant is one of series of quartz amulets that have been discovered from the Viking world, with an important group being found on the island of Visby, Sweden. The exact purpose of these amulets is not known but they have been found in female graves and it has been suggested that they served a magical function for use by seers, known as Völur or fjölkunnig, meaning “plenty of knowing”.

Viking Gold and Quartz Magic Pendant, 8th-11th Century AD This pendant is one of series of quartz amulets that have been discovered from the Viking world, with an important group being found on the island of Visby, Sweden. The exact purpose of these amulets is not known but they have been found in female graves and it has been suggested that they served a magical function for use by seers, known as Völur or fjölkunnig, meaning “plenty of knowing”.

Viking Gilt Elf-Shot Pendant 9th-12th century AD. A silver-gilt ribbed sleeve and loop with inset lentoid-section banded stone blade. Across Europe it was a commonly held belief in folklore that flint arrowheads were ascribed to the elves and fairies. It was believed that the fairies made the arrowheads and shot them at humans and livestock causing inexplicable diseases and illness.

Viking Gilt Elf-Shot Pendant 9th-12th century AD. A silver-gilt ribbed sleeve and loop with inset lentoid-section banded stone blade. Across Europe it was a commonly held belief in folklore that flint arrowheads were ascribed to the elves and fairies. It was believed that the fairies made the arrowheads and shot them at humans and livestock causing inexplicable diseases and illness.

Viking age gold beads. Gotland, Sweden.

Viking age gold beads. Gotland, Sweden.

Viking gold twisted wire ring, circa 9th-12th century AD.

Viking gold twisted wire ring, circa 9th-12th century AD.

Gold Pendant with granulated Ornament  Late Bronze Age  c.1400-1050 BC  Cypriot  (Source: The Met Museum)

Gold Pendant with granulated Ornament Late Bronze Age c.1400-1050 BC Cypriot (Source: The Met Museum)

Egyptian period 1000-1500 BC

Egyptian period 1000-1500 BC

Silver figure showing an animal in struggle with serpents. Probably manufactured in Western Europe. Dated to 9th century AD. Viking  art

Silver figure showing an animal in struggle with serpents. Probably manufactured in Western Europe. Dated to 9th century AD. Viking art

Early Minoan gold flowers ~ c2300 B.C.

Early Minoan gold flowers ~ c2300 B.C.

Merovigian Rock Crystal Bead  #aboutaam #ancient #art

Merovigian Rock Crystal Bead #aboutaam #ancient #art

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