Warrior amulet Hammer of Thor “Mjolnir.” Silver. Metalworking, Welding, filigree, granulation. Vikings, XI century.
Stone icon with a frame made of silver with gold. Archdeacon Stephen / St. Nicholas. Novgorod, XIV-XV centuries.
An Ulfbehrt sword in the National Museum of Ireland:
“This is one of the finest surviving examples of a piece of technology that helped to transform Europe in the ninth and 10th centuries: a Viking sword. With its cutting edge almost perfectly preserved in some places, it retains the ferocity that helped to make the Scandinavian raider such a formidable force. Swords like this didn’t just allow the Vikings to ravage parts of Ireland; they forced indigenous Irish rulers to adapt to the demands of a new military age. The Vikings typically imported their blades from high-quality workshops in the territory of the Frankish empire. The blade of the Ballinderry Sword has a maker’s name inlaid on it: Ulfbehrt. This identifies it as the work of a Rhineland “firm” whose blades have been found as far away as Russia. About 200 of these blades have been discovered, suggesting that this was the early equivalent of a brand name, with its own international cachet…”
Gold heandband with gazelles and a stag
The Second Intermediate period is a period when the Egyptian throne is ruled by foreigners. This piece is clearly not Egyptian in style and yet it was made in Egypt.
Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, dynasty 15, 1648 - 1550 BC.
Probably from the Eastern Delta region.
Source: metropolitan Museum
Gold, turquoise; stamped. 4.6x7.1 cm
Mayemir Culture. 7th century BC
Chilikta Burial Mound, Barrow No. 5 (Excavations of S. S. Chernikov, 1960), Eastern Kasakhstan, Chiliktinskaya Valley
Ring with a bird, 11-13 centuries. Kievan Rus, the Slavs.
Sword Carolingian type branded master - “Ulfberht”, IX - X centuries., Vikings, Western Europe.
Blade length - 100 cm,
Blade width - 6.5 cm
Hippopotami were feared by the Egyptians because these animals are very destructive and dangerous. By making these statues the Egyptian hoped to controle those dangers and keep them at bay. The lotusflowers painted on the animals are symbols of fertility and the marshes where hippo’s mostly stayed. The goddess Taweret is a pregnant hippo and was worshipped by pregnant women to protect their unborn child.
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty, 1960 - 1878 BC.
Found in middle Egypt, Meir, Tomb of Senbi II
Source: Metropolitan Museum