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LOT 1702

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GBP (£) 150 - 200
EUR (€) 170 - 230
USD ($) 210 - 280

Bid History: 17   |   Current bid: £500

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Bid History: 17   |   Current bid: £500

Viking Silver Thor's Hammer Pendant

9th-12th century AD

A bifacial silver pendant formed as Thor's hammer, with integral suspension loop; vertical lines on the head and saltire on the shaft. 2.62 grams, 26mm (1"). Fine condition. [No Reserve]

Provenance
From a central London collection; previously in a European collection formed 1979-1989.

Literature
See Montelius, O., Sveriges Forntid: Atlas I, Stockholm, 1874, pl.174, items 625, 626, for similar.

Footnotes
The hammer of Thor was used as a symbol of religious devotion, in reaction to the use of the pendant cross by Christian cultures.