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

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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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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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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Maihem Feb 25, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

great craftsmanship and outstanding customer service, I am a repeat customer.

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Karla K. Jan 30, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

I purchased the horse pendant for my mother a few years back. Each time I’d see her wearing it I’d think about ordering my own. I’m so happy that I finally did! It arrived today with a beautiful leather cord and I put it on immediately. Beautiful craftsmanship that is unparalleled. Liels liels paldies!!! ♥️

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