Viking Drinking Horn Terminal
This is a Viking drinking horn terminal that will make a precious horn special, proud to be raised in any long hall.
The sagas tell us how important the drinking horn was to the Vikings in their feasts and ceremonies. Only a few fragments of these horns survive from the Viking Age so I have designed my own. It is based on a magnificent Iron Age example from Sutton Hoo in England, but I have decorated mine in the 9th-10th century Borrestyle of viking art. Depictions of historical horns show that they were tipped with bird's heads, so I have done the same. (This appears to be a connection with Odin, see the description of the Odin's mask in the pendants section).
These horn terminals are time consuming to make and I only complete a couple each year. They should be fixed with glue and then pinned into the horn at the tip of each of the five leaves. I have carefully made these leaves as fine as possible, so they will bend to the shape of each individual horn.