A bone knife handle with zoomorphic designs found in Leicester, Leicestershire. (c) Leicester City Council Arts and Museums, used with permission
Zoomorphic Knife Handle (L.A67.1864.2.0)
A bone knife handle with zoomorphic designs found in Leicester, Leicestershire
This bone knife handle was carved into the head of a dragon with the snout broken off. This handle is typical of the sorts of small knives that people carried for everyday use in the Viking Age. They would have been worn suspended from a belt or hung from a brooch. As general utility knives, they would have been used for everything from eating to trimming one’s nails.