VIKING SORCERESS’S AMULET, 9TH-11TH CENTURY AD
Just over 1 3/4" height. White metal (tin/zinc?), probably originally silvered, shaped as a well-delineated duck's foot with three toes. A burial at Viden, Denmark contained the body of a woman of wealth and status buried with henbane seeds, which have hallucinogenic properties, and a wand as well as other objects. From these, it was concluded that she was a seeress or sorceress. Among Vikings, sorcery was practiced by women only. The grave contained a necklace hung with three duck feet pendants very similar to this. As found condition with stable gray patina overall.