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Viking Votive Axe Pendant

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Seller: cherriesfamily (341) 100%, Location: Vilnius, default, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 262201274903 VIKING VOTIVE AXE PENDANT 9th-12th century AD A miniature silver axe head pendant with suspension ring. 8.54 grams. Fine condition. In northern Europe the cult of axes, in which axes unsuitable for practical use played an important role, is evident and supported by archaeological evidence from the Bronze Age to the end of the pagan Viking period. In the Bronze Age numerous rock carvings indicate a widespread cult of axes which should probably be understood as a fertility cult, as the phallic figures on the rock carvings suggest. Miniature axes as amulets are also documented since the late Iron Age and Viking period, with the most famous example being Mjolnir, or Thor's Hammer. It is also associated with Perun, the high god of the Slavic pantheon who has a similar function to Thor as god of thunder and lightning. Material: Silver

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