This is a high quality hammer-head section of a silver Thor’s hammer pendant. These may have been worn to show devotion to the god Thor, or to secure the god’s protection, although there is little evidence to support this interpretation. Pendants like this have been found made of lead, copper alloy, silver and gold, showing that many different strata of society could have worn them. For more information on Scandinavian jewellery in England check out our blog: Brooches, Pendants and Pins: Scandinavian Dress Accessories in England.
- circa 872 — 1000
- Viking Objects
- The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
- Danelaw Saga, Fitzwilliam_Museum, Lincolnshire, pendant, Scandinavian, silver, Thor's_hammer, Torksey, Viking
You can see the original at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
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