"Shieldmaiden" Pendant from Hårby - Bronze / Sterling Silver
The Valkyrie from Hårby is a silver miniature dated to the Viking Age, discovered on the island of Funen, Hårby in Denmark in 2012. It is considered a rare visual representation of a woman with long hair tied in a ponytail, long dress or what could be an apron, with a shield on her left arm and a sword in her right hand. It is damaged in its lower part. Ancient texts depicted Valkyries holding shields and spears, but never swords, which is considered an exceptional find about the attributes of female warriors.
Most researchers agree that it is the image of a protective valkyrie, dísir or fylgjur, although it is not ruled out that it represents a real warrior woman. In view of its presence and quotations in many medieval texts, it is possible that it is testimony to the existence of women in Viking expeditions. It is kept in the National Museum of Denmark.
This reproduction is handmade of bronze and sizes about 7.5 cm high.
Hand-made of bronze or sterling silver.
Measures: 3.4 x 1 cm.
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