Viking Age Baltic Axe Charm in bronze "Axe of Perun"

Viking Age Baltic Axe Charm in bronze "Axe of Perun"

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  • Handmade item
  • Necklace length: 24 Inches; Pendant height: 53 Millimeters; Pendant width: 40 Millimeters
  • Materials: Brass, Bronze, Hemp, Leather, Steel
  • Can be personalized: Yes

Viking Age ax charm, commonly called "Ax of Perun". This is a 1:1 scale replica of a Viking Age (a.k.a. Late Iron Age) artifact found in Rinkaby, in Skåne Province, near Sweden's Baltic Sea coast. Such charms, also known as votive axes, were more common in Baltic, Slavic and Finnic lands, the Type I ("bearded") votive ax being concentrated mostly along the Daugava River in Latvia.

They were contemporaneous with the better-known Thor's hammers of the Norse. Given the popularity of both ax and hammer charms soon after contact with Christianity, it is possible that they were worn as an affirmation of indigenous Heathen/Pagan faith in the face of sometimes violent Christian intrusions. The Slavic Perun (Перун), Baltic Pērkons/Perkūnas, Finnish Ukko/Perkele and Norse Thor (Þórr) were powerful male gods of thunder and lightning. The next time you hear firewood being split or a blacksmith hammering on an anvil, close your eyes and imagine thunder. Which is more similar?

53 x 40mm (2 1/16 x 1⅝"), 19g. Finished on both sides. Being handmade, these axes may vary slightly in size or weight. See photo for examples of cord, lace, chain and pouch options (24"/60cm unless otherwise noted).

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LailaGross Dec 19, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely incredible service! Received answers to my questions in a matter of hours, and the charm was delivered very quickly. Very pleased with the product- beautiful piece of work!

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Ruby Wong Feb 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this specifically for my polish boyfriend, and we loved it! The quality on the item was beautiful, and done with exacting care. Everything about the item as well as the seller were fantastic, and I will definitely buy from them again!

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Kathy Kurta Nov 7, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Five stars are not enough! I received supreme service!!! We commissioned Andris to hand make a Namejs ring for our son to mark a special life occasion. Andris asked about our son so that he could get to know the person that was receiving the ring. As he forged the ring, he sent videos and pictures showing us the process, artistry and progress of the ring. He infused the ring with blessings and protection. The entire experience in the making of this ring was like nothing we had ever experienced. We could feel the birth of something truly wonderful coming into being. Andris asked me when the ring needed to be in my possession and promised to have it to me. He went above and beyond...he had the ring finished and shipped to me far earlier than promised! We will highly recommend Baltic Smith! Paldies!!!!!

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Ada Jan 3, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

The pendant arrived eariler than promised, and was thoughtfully wrapped, and also included a cute little canvas sac and a polishing cloth. The pendant is extremely well made and is so pretty in person. The little details and embellishments are so lovely up close. The artist, Andris, has exceptional customer service. He replied to all of my messages promptly and answered all my questions to the utmost detail. He was very concerned that I would receive this order by the specified time, as it was purchased as a gift. He went above and beyond in making sure I was satisfied and my gift arrived promptly. I was really quite touched by his concern, and the beauty of the piece he hand-crafted so thoughtfully. I would purchase items from him again, in a heartbeat!

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