Hand-forged Damascus steel with handle carved from moose antlers (Viking Pattern with Raven) - Hand Carved and patinated handle.
L. 33 cm.
The bone, moose antlers and wood appeared to be the most affordable raw materials used to carve and design ornate pieces and a common feature among Viking jewelry was animal designs taken from nature & Norse mythology. Bone jewellery was common among Viking men and women.
Ravens play an important role in Norse mythology because they are closely related to Odin. Ravens are the holy birds around Odin. Huginn and Muninn are two ravens kept by Odin. The name Huggin means “idea” while Muninn means “memory’. Every morning they fly to the human world at dawn, and report back to Odin in the evening. They always rest at Odin’s shoulders and whisper to him. Therefore, Odin is also referred to as “the God of the raven”.