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Flight of the valkyrie: the Viking figurine that's heading for Britain.  800AD.  The thumb-sized figurine is made of gilded silver, with some black niello inlay decoration. The valkyrie is armed with a double-sided Viking sword and a round shield, her hair neatly twisted into a long ponytail forming a loop, which would point to it likely being a pendant.  Gorgeous stuff!

Flight of the valkyrie: the Viking figurine that's heading for Britain

Silver valkyrie figurine from all sides, picture by Asger Kjaergaard, Odense City Museums - Unique silver valkyrie found in Denmark on December 2012

The first 3D Valkyrie figurine (AD800), found at Hårby on Funen, Denmark. - Etymologically speaking, ”valkyrie” means ”chooser of the slain”. The job of these supernatural shield maidens in Norse mythology is to select who dies on the battlefield and guide their souls to Odin’s manor, where they will spend the afterlife training for the Twilight of the Gods, the final battle against the forces of chaos. Also see the the tapestries from Oseberg ship burial,

Flight of the valkyrie: the Viking figurine that's heading for Britain

Shiedl maiden.   Earliest Illustrations of Norse Mythology

n 2002 a metal detectorist uncovered this 40 mm high silver pendant near Wickham Market in Suffolk, England. Of Scandinavian origin and dated to the cent., it shows a figure in a long gown, wearing a (?)crested helmet and carrying a sword and a shield.

Object from the exhibition We call them Vikings produced by The Swedish History Museum | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Object from the exhibition We call them Vikings produced by The Swedish History Museum Pin-head Bronze Shaped as a dragon´s head. Dress-pins of this kind were usually gilded with silver or gold.

Pendant, female figurine. Silver. The figurine portrays a female figure interpreted as a valkyrie. Sibble, Grödinge, Södermanland, Sweden.  SHM 20672

“ Pendant, Valkyrie Female figurine Silver Findspot: Sibble, Grödinge, Södermanland, Sweden The figurine portrays a female figure interpreted as a Valkyrie ”

Lille sølvfigur fra Tissø af en kvinde med fine detaljer af dragten og frisuren. Foto: Nationalmuseet, København.

Small figurine from Tissø of a woman with fine details of the costume and hairstyle. Photo: The National Museum, Copenhagen.

Viking Silver 'Jeweled' Disc Brooch . Silver C.10th Century A.D. Found Lake Ladoga.

A silver disc brooch surmounted by a large central jewel, typically held in place by the crimped silver. Surround a eight triangular raised dot formations, contained within two rope borders surrounding the perimeter. Found Lake Ladoga.

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