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Thor's hammer amulet

Accession number: NWHCM : 2005.721

Description

Silver and gold Late Saxon (Viking) Thor's hammer amulet; the pendant is cast in the form of a double-headed hammer with two short ends and a slim rounded-square-section shaft, the suspension loop of which is now broken. The head is decorated with an incised ladder-pattern edge but particularly stands out because of the central decoration which consists of a sheet or section of gold inserted into the silver head. This gold is elaborated with an asymmetrical filigree decoration consisting of a central stem with ring base over which extends an inverted U-shape parabola of filigree, terminating in 'flicks', each containing a gold pellet. On either side of this are two shorter curved lengths of filigree wire with gold pellets.

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Materials

gold

Measurements

37 mm

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Archaeology

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