Viking Elf Shot Pendant with Green Glass

£ 425.00

A gold Viking elf shot pendant enriched with green glass. The pendant is comprised of a long d-shape with ribbed edges formed from a gold sheet. On top of the gold arch is a small loop which has a larger loop attached for suspension. The gold sleeve holds a piece of green glass moulded in the shape of an oval. Encrustation and signs of ageing can be seen across the piece.

Date: Circa 9th - 11th Century AD
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: RH-32 Category: Tag:

Both Viking men and women enjoyed wearing jewellery as an indicator of wealth and social status, wearing these pieces kept their wealth safe and secure. Jewellery held a second purpose; most Vikings would have preferred their jewellery to have been made from precious metals with the intention to be used as a currency for trade. Depending on the transaction, jewellery many have been broken up to accommodate for a more appropriate price/deal.

Pendants and amulets also held spiritual connections and were said to have bestowed the owner with protection and support such as the popular amulet of Thor’s Hammer. Elf Shot pendants, such as this example, were worn to ward off invisible elves from shooting arrows to people or animals, resulting in internal shooting pains including cramping and arthritis. It was believed that men shot by these invisible arrows would not recover and soon die. There would be no physical evidence of the wounds on the skin resulting in the theory of the elves and arrows to be more credible. Therefore, pendants were highly valued for the protection granted to their owners.

Weight 2.2 g
Dimensions L 3 x W 1 cm





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