Kievan-Rus owl pendant or amulet

Kievan-Rus viking owl pendant or amulet

Found in the Ukraine in the Kiev region, on the settlement of the Kievan Rus (9th-13th century) this is an artefact in the shape of an owl. It is not conclusive how it had been used. It might have been used as a brooch, although distinct traces on the back are lacking in this direction. Alternatively it might have been used as a pendant, an amulet, or both. Owls were associed with the Norse godess Freya. As it happens, an identical brooch- wich had a clear pin assembly - with some gilding, was found in the United Kingdom. The UK example having been found in Yorkshire, north of York. The style of decroation is remniscent to a ring, also found in the Viking rus areas. Especially the curling is looking very similar in detail. 


The owl  measures app 45 mm in length and ... mm in broadth and weighs .... grams. 

viking brooch
viking brooch
viking brooch
viking brooch
viking brooch
viking brooch
viking brooch