Baltic Finns bird pendant from chain ornament
Feeding wild swans Reijkjavik, Iceland, January 2013

Baltic Finns bird pendant from chain ornament

This is another one of the first items I aquired for my collection. Shown here in its real proportions, this bird pendant/adornment - most probably a swan - was part of a far bigger neck chain jewel, worn by the Finns in the period of time similar to the Viking Age. It was worn as part of the female regional costume in the northeast of Europe (Baltic region) during the Viking Age. This example is comparitively extremely big - twice as big as normal - as it measures 7 by 7 cm.

 

Above a drawing from a woman with complete neck chain jewel adornment. Hereunder two examples of complete chain jewels where we can distinguish the bird part.

 

See also: tortoise part of neck chain jewel