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9th-11th century AD. A silver sleeve with ropework borders to each face, flat-section loop above; inset small flint leaf-shaped blade with serrated edges. See Evans, J. The Ancient Stone Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain, London, 1897, p.365; Korshun, V.E. Yazcheskye Priveski Drevnei Rusi X-XIV Vekov, volume I, Moscow, 2012, item A.2.03. 2.83 grams, 31mm (1 1/4"). Property of a professional collector; acquired before 1990. Elf-arrows or elf-shot derived their name from the folklore belief that the arrows fell from the sky, and were used by the elves to kill cattle and inflict elf-shot on human beings. Elf-arrows were sometimes worn as amulets, occasionally set in silver, as a charm against witchcraft. [No Reserve]


Fine condition.

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Viking Silver 'Elf Shot' Protective Amulet

Estimate £700 - £900
£51 bid
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