East European Gilt Wedding Belt,
19th Century AD
silver-gilt belt with central medallion with plain oval center and
sun-burst to the edge, to the top and crown; riveted to either side
three rows of bells; to the back a buckle and strap, holes for pins to
secure the belt. 215 grams, 20cm (8")
Extremely Rare Viking Gilt Freya Mount, 9th-10th Century AD
A parcel-gilt silver plaque pendant with facing seated figure, probably
the goddess Freya, modeled in the half-round; the hands raised to grip
lateral ribbed strands of hair, the garment formed as two crossed bands
on the chest, the knees prominent and feet placed together; emerging
from each strand of hair a feline with curled tail, ribbed body, foreleg
curled over the neck, notched fingers and triangular face with lappet
and snubbed snout; loop above the head, three holes to the edges.
The figure represents a seated female accompanied by two cats. In the Icelandic poem Gylfaginning (The Deceiving of Gylfi), Freya is said to be seated in her chariot drawn by two cats. Her hall in heaven is called Sessrumnir, meaning “with room for many seats.” She is also associated with a high-seat from which prophecy is made, similar to that of Odin.