Viking Brakteat of Tjurkö Amulet

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A reproduction Viking / Germanic amulet estimated to be from the 4th to 6th century migration period.  Known as the Brakteat of Tjurkö, the aretefact took it’s name from the Tjurkö area in Sweden where it was discovered in 1817.

Brakteat amulets were worn by pagan Germanic people as good luck protective amulets or talismans. The brakteat has an 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 for a warrior for loyal service in battle.

The inscription on the amounet reads ᚹᚢᚱᛏᛖᚱᚢᚾᛟᛉᚨᚾᚹᚨᛚᚺᚨᚲᚢᚱᚾᛖ··ᚺᛖᛚᛞᚨᛉᚲᚢᚾᛁᛗᚢᚾᛞᛁᚢ which translates in English to “Heldaz wrought runes on 'the foreign grain' for Kunimunduz” The amulet measures 3.7cm x 3cm