Northern Europe, Viking or Norse culture, ca. 8th to 11th century CE. A fabulous pendant, made from solid high-grade (98-99%) silver, depicting Mjolnir, the legendary hammer of the Norse god of thunder Thor. The pendant bears a triangular head stamped with several small triangular impressions, a thick handle adorned with hammered circles, a wound, integral suspension loop, and a secondary ring-shaped suspension loop which is threaded through the first. Small Thor's hammers were worn as religious amulets throughout the Viking era, and some even made it to the Christian era. Size: 1" W x 2.625" H (2.5 cm x 6.7 cm); grade of silver: 98 to 99%; total weight: 18.1 grams.
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Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection
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Slight bending to overall form, very minor nicks to hammer head, handle, and suspension loops, with softening to some hammered details, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits within recessed areas, and nice patina throughout.