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Viking Twisted Gold Torc

Antiquities - Anglo-Saxon and Viking

LOT 558

GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 6,760 - 9,020
USD ($) 8,440 - 11,260
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Sold for (Inc. premium): £9,775


9th-11th century AD. A penannular neck-ring formed from a square-section bar, twisted about its own axis to produce a spiral effect; the terminals round-section and tapering. Gold, 205 grams, 190 mm external diameter.

Extremely fine condition, some slight wear.

Ex Hurst collection.

Torcs or neck-rings, arm-rings and bracelets fashioned from gold are an ancient tradition in northern Europe, used to display both wealth and status. The torc was especially prized since it could be used as a prominent and highly visible means of displaying religious affiliation to the god of magic and warfare, Oðinn (Odin), who features in a myth where he sacrifices himself by hanging in order to gain access to the power of the runic script and the magic it contains. Devotees of the god, who included many of the leading kings, earls and chief warriors of Scandinavia, used the symbolism of the twisted torc as an emblem of the noose and thus of access to the god's powers of inspiration and knowledge of esoteric wisdom.

Thursday 16th December 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall Antiquities & Coins

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Thursday 16th December 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall Antiquities & Coins

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