The richly decorated hilt and pattern-welded blade indicate that this sword was carried by a warrior of high rank, perhaps a Viking chieftain or a Frankish nobleman. The braided copper wires on the pommel may represent an earlier Scandinavian custom of tying a protective talisman to a sword hilt. The pattern-welded blade was forged of intertwined rods of steel and iron, a technique that produced a tough yet resilient blade with a distinctive swirling pattern on its surface. Such blades were treasured for both their practical and decorative qualities.
Project: 6. Under a cloak of terror: violence and armed conflict in Europe.
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Weappon
Source: The Met Museum
Owner: Porto group (Modernalia)
Copyright: Public Domain