Viking Earspoon from Birka

£35.00

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      This is a copy of an outstanding find from a woman’s grave in the Swedish Viking town of Birka (grave 507). It dates to the 9th or early 10th century.

      Earspoons were part of a woman’s toilet items, and were often decorated and worn hanging as a piece of treasured jewellery.

      The front of the spoon depicts a woman bearing a drinking horn, a symbol found elsewhere, often interpreted as a Valkyrie. It could equally symbolise hospitality and female authority, as the head of the household welcomes a guest. The reverse side of the spoon shows the figure of a leaping wolf, a symbol connected to a warrior. Or perhaps a dog, the guardian of the household.

      LENGTH 67 mm (approx.. 2 ½ inches)

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