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Viking Gilt Elf-Shot Pendant

Antiquities - Anglo-Saxon and Viking


LOT 0843

Estimate
GBP (£) 800 - 1,200
EUR (€) 900 - 1,350
USD ($) 1,100 - 1,660
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Sold for (Inc. premium): £1,860

VIKING GILT ELF-SHOT PENDANT
9th-12th century AD

A silver-gilt ribbed sleeve and loop with inset lentoid-section banded stone blade. 0.99 grams, 18mm (3/4").

Condition
Extremely fine condition. Very rare.

Provenance
Property of a German collector; acquired in the 1990s.

Literature
See: Meaney Audrey L. Anglo Saxon Amulets and Curing Stones, British Archaeological Reports, British Series 96, 1981, p.210-212; Merrifield R. The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic, Batsford, 1987, p.16.

Footnotes
Across Europe it was a commonly held belief in folklore that flint arrowheads were ascribed to the elves and fairies. It was believed that the fairies made the arrowheads and shot them at humans and livestock causing inexplicable diseases and illness. Finding a flint arrowhead was believed to be a sure means to recovery and they were often worn around the neck as an amulet to protect the owner from further attack. Other cures involved soaking the arrowhead in water and giving the patient the water to drink. They were also hung over stables and barns to protect the animals inside.

Date
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - Saturday 30th May 2015, Antiquities & Coin Catalogue Auction

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