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Lot 1105: Viking Figural Mount with Fenrir

Antiquities: Day 2

by TimeLine Auctions

December 7, 2016

Harwich, United Kingdom

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Description: 8th-11th century AD. A silver mount in the form of a male figure grasping a wolf lying on its back. 1.40 grams, 12mm (1/2"). Property of a German gentleman; acquired on the European art market in the 1990s. The scene of a man and a wolf may refer to several motifs in Viking mythology. The most likely option is that it represents the most famous and dangerous wolf, Fenrir, a son of Loki and Angrboda, who represented danger to gods, according to the prophecy about the end of the world. They tried to bind him twice without success, so on a third time, Fenrir requested a guarantee that gods would not trick him. Only Tyr was brave enough to lay his hand into wolf's mouth so others could use the magic string gleipnir to bind him. Fenrir represented particular danger to Odin, who would loose a fight against him in the last battle, but would be avenged by his son Vidarr. He was father of two other wolves, Skoll and Hati, which chased the sun and the moon trying to swallow them. A motif of a man in a company of a wolf can be found on several Viking monuments such as Gosforth and Thorwald's crosses, or on artefacts from Sutton Hoo burial, Torslunda (Denmark) or Gutenstein (Germany"). [No Reserve]

Condition Report: Extremely fine condition.

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