A copper-alloy bird pendant from Langford, Nottinghamshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 4.0
Bird Pendant (DENO-55AE35)
A gilded cast copper-alloy bird pendant found in Langford, Nottinghamshire
A pendant of similar shape although with different decoration is dated to the second half of the ninth century from Yaroslavl, Russia. The bird symbol, very similar to the one depicted on this pendant, was used by the Rurik dynasty which had started the conquest of Slavic lands in the mid-ninth century and later formed the polity of Rus’. With some exceptions, pendants were generally worn by women as an accessory to Scandinavian dress.