Viking Silver 'Elfshot' Amulet

 

Viking Silver 'Elfshot' Amulet

A Viking silver "elfshot" amulet, composed of a sharks' tooth set in silver with a loop for suspension.

Ca. 8th -11th century AD.
Height: 3/4 in. (1.9 cm).

Vikings wore this type of amulet as protection against "elfshot," a medical condition believed to be caused by invisible elves shooting arrows at a person or animal, causing sudden shooting pain in a particular area of the body. Such amulets were usually made of flint arrowheads or small spear-shaped stones, or in rare examples fossilized sharks' teeth, believed to be fairy arrows.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

Inv#: 7077

$2,500

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