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Lot 1021: Viking Granulated 'Yggdrasill' Pendant

Antiquities: Day 2

by TimeLine Auctions

December 7, 2016

Harwich, United Kingdom

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Description: 9th-12th century AD. A large silver discoid pendant with integral loop, granulated border, filigree cross flory motif with central lozenge, large applied granules. 4.69 grams, 35mm (1 1/2"). Property of a London businessman, from his grandfather's collection formed after World War II; thence by descent 1972. The motif may represent the all-encompassing branches of the great tree Yggdrasill which sustains creation in Norse mythology. Yggdrasill was an ash tree that was believed to be eternally evergreen and was situated in the middle of Asgard, home of the gods with its branches stretching over the nine worlds. The first root from Yggdrasill is in Asgard, the home of the gods. By this root is a well named Urd’s well. This is where the gods held daily meetings. The second root from Yggdrasill goes down to Jotunheim, the land of the giants, by this root is Mimir's well. The third root from Yggdrasill goes down to Niflheim, close to the well Hvergelmir. At the very top of Yggdrasill there lives an eagle. And down by the roots of the tree lives a dragon named Nidhug; the eagle and the dragon are bitter enemies. There are three Norns who lives at the well Urd. Their names are Urd, “past”, Verdani, “present” and Skuld, “future”. The three Norns are the goddesses of fate. They spend most of their time spinning the threads of life, deciding the fate of every human, animal and every god. Whenever a child is born, the Norns spins the fate of the child in their threads.

Condition Report: Extremely fine condition, usage wear.

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