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Bid History: 5   |   Current bid: £4,210

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Bid History: 5   |   Current bid: £4,210

Viking Silver Inlaid Bearded Axehead

c.10th century AD

A small iron axehead with vertical panels to the socket, domed striking face to the rear, short T-shaped blade with narrow shank and curved edge; silver and gold filigree ornament including interlaced three-band serpent motifs to the two lateral socket panels, Ringerike style coiled serpents to the blade extending along the neck. 78 grams, 10cm long (4"). Fair condition; surface accretions. [No Reserve]

Provenance
Private collection formed in Europe in the 1980s.
Westminster collection, central London, UK.
Accompanied by an archaeological expertise by military specialist Dr. Raffaele D’Amato.
Accompanied by a positive metal test number 183091/HM1452 from an Oxford specialist.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11130-183091.

Literature
Cf. Arbman, H., Birka I: Die Gräber, Uppsala, 1940, pl.14 (1) and (10), for type.