5th Century Vadstena Bracteate Viking Amulet
A reproduction Viking / Germanic amulet estimated to be from the 5th century Swedish migration period. Known as the Vadstena Bracteate of Tjurkö, the artefact took its name from the Vadstena area in Sweden where it was discovered in 1774.
Brakteat amulets were worn by pagan Germanic people as good luck protective amulets or talismans. This brakteat has a stylised image of a head, horse and bird which has been interpreted to be an early Norse depiction of the god Odin and his associated animals the raven and horse. It has been theorised that this high value gold amulet may have been a reward from a Jarl or king to a warrior for loyal service.
The amulet has an inscription around the circumference carved in runes of the Futhark alphabet which has been theorised to translate to "I am called Hariuha, knowing about the disaster I will bring happiness." It is assumed that the inscription is associated with magic designed to protect the wearer.
The amulet measures 3cm x 3.5cm