A chiselled and gold-inlaid Persian battle axe (tabarzin), 18th/19th century Solid blade with semi-circular edge, chiselled on both sides in hunting relief and with gold-inlaid decoration. On the socket and hammer head an Arabic inscription chiselled in relief. Velvet covered wood haft with two octagonal, ornamental gold-inlaid iron mounts, suspension ring attached to the handle.
Pendants in the form of miniature buckets have been found in a number of
pagan Anglo-Saxon and Viking contexts and are generally made of bronze
or iron, with gold examples being rare; three gold examples were found
with the hoard from Hoen, Norway. Bronze bucket amulets have been found
at Driffield in Yorkshire, and Vimose bog in Denmark, among other
In form these represent wooden buckets bound with bronze or iron
bands which have been found in Anglo-Saxon and Viking graves and are
believed to have held mead or ale and were used to replenish the cups
from which warriors drank. As amulets they probably represent the
ecstatic power of alcoholic drink and the role of women as the
dispensers of these precious beverages.