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.
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.