Viking Firesteel From Gotland


    • Description

      I copied this ornate viking firesteel from a find in Gotland.  To strike a spark in the northern darkness and to conjure a fire was more than just a survival skill. It played a role in myth and ritual. Perhaps this is why the Vikings of Gotland produced this type of ornate viking firesteel, as a symbol of the flame that keeps the darkness at bay. It is intended to be worn hanging from the belt; more than just a simple tool, it is also a ceremonial firesteel.

      The patterned plates are cast in bronze or sterling silver and the steel itself is very hard and strikes fluent sparks.


      height 90mm


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