Product Name:Viking Horse Shield
- wood construction
- ringed with a metal brace
- 36" diameter
- burnished black boss adorned with Y-shaped etched plates
- a pair of mirrored warrior-stallions, with ears turned up and fearsome teeth exposed
- One half of the shield has a faded yellow coloration, while the other half is a more natural, reddish-brown coloration
This incredible shield traces back to the end of 8th to mid 11th century, known as the Viking Age. The horses were symbols of power and were highly respected by the Vikings. Our model is embellished with a boss, and additional plates & painted horses. Diameter is 36".
8th to mid 11th century, known as the Viking Age
typical Viking shield in Gokstad style; Vikings often reinforced their shields with leather or, occasionally, iron around the rim. Round shields seem to have varied in size from around 45 – 120 cm (18" - 48") in diameter but the smaller and more manageable 75 – 90 cm (30" - 36") is by far the most common. The smaller shield sizes came from the pagan period for the Saxons. The late-9th-century skaldic poem, Ragnarsdrapa, describes some shields painted with mythological scenes.