Lot 1103: Viking Gilt Cat-Face Mount with Niello
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 10th-12th century AD. A silver parcel-gilt mount with projecting triangular ears, beaded surrounds to the eyes, niello detailing. 1.45 grams, 18mm (3/4"). English private collection; acquired in the 1970s. In Viking religion the cat was sacred to the goddess Freyja whose chariot was pulled by felines. The goddess also possessed magical gloves made from cats fur.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.