hammer-ov-thor: Pre-Viking Scandinavian Gilt …

hammer-ov-thor:

Pre-Viking Scandinavian Gilt Pelta Pendant with Bird, 7th Century AD

The profile bird with hooked claw and divided tail is a motif used in England and Scandinavia in the 6th-7th century AD. It appears on the shield of the king in Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo (photo) and on the equipment of the contemporary burials at Vendel, Valsgärde and elsewhere in central Sweden.