C. 700-1100 AD. Viking Age. A silver pendant representing Thor’s hammer comprising with rivetted suspension hoop, vertical plate shaft, and a horizontal head in the shape of a wide-angled chevron and decorated with a series of stamped triangles containing three raised dots. In Norse mythology Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, is the greatest of all the gods’ treasure as it represents Thor’s role as a protector of both humans and the gods from the ever-present threat of the giants. When worn a pendant or adorning jewellery this symbol represents Thor’s sacred function as a protective deity and served an amuletic function. Excellent condition; wearable.
Size: L:35mm / W:21mm ; 7.6g
Provenance: Property of a professional Ancient art and jewelry expert; previously with a London gallery; initially from a private British collection formed in the 1990s.