Valknut Trefoil Knot Viking Tankard Horn 5"- 6" inch (12.7cm to 15.25cm)
This horn tankard features a carved valknut symbol.
The valknut is a pagan trefoil knot or triquetra symbol consisting of three interlocked triangles (trefoil knot or triquetra).
The symbol has been found on a variety of objects associated with Viking age German history.
Archaeologically, the symbol appears on several runestones and also on grave goods and ship burials found between Sweden, Norway and England.
Some notable artefacts include:
- The Anglo Saxon Nene River gold Ring (8th to 9th centuries) currently on display in the British Museum (item number 1855,1115.1).
- The sacrificial scene on Hammars stone in Gotland.
The symbol is believed to be associated with the god Odin, death and Valhalla. In most depictions of the symbol a representation of Odin or the animals that represent him being the horse or the wolf are present. Odin and his servants the Valkyries carry spirts of the dead to the underworld and Valhalla and back to the living for the Wild Hunt.
It has been proposed that the symbol is a magical talisman associated with the transition from life to death and resurrection. The knot without a beginning or end symbolising the power over life and death and the three linked triangles symbolic of the three realms of heaven, earth, and hell.
The Valknut is still used today by Germanic focused Wiccans and Neopagans faiths.
This tankard is made by Lord of Battles who are an official supplier of the Game of Thrones and The Last Kingdom TV series and crafted the drinking horns and tankards shown in these series.
This horn is large enough to satisfy your thirst with an internal size of approximately 700ml. When you are done feasting your tankard will make a nice show piece due to the unique natural contours of the cow horn.
Each tankard is hand made from a single piece of cow horn which is cut to shape, heated and then shaped to form a handle. A wooden base is added and the horn is smoothly polished and finished with a water proof food safe epoxy.
Each horn is unique due to both the natural variations in horns and the handmade quality.
Cups range are approximately 5"- 6" inch (12.7cm to 15.25cm) in height.
A popular gift for weddings and anniversaries to convey a wish of longevity and harmony.