Votive: consisting of or expressing a vow, wish, or desire <avotive prayer>, offered or performed in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude or devotion
Mike Silver recovered this outstanding artitfact in 2014 using his Minelab CTX 30/30. These axe amulets were votive or funerary pieces in nature, to follow the Warrior in the afterlife and serve him there.
This amulet is made of bronze and weighs 13g. This piece dates back to 950 AD and considered very rare. While doing some research on Norse amulets I ran across a great article here "Did Viking men wear necklaces?"
Special thanks to Mike for sharing his awesome artifact, I'm sure we will see more from him in the future.
Good Luck and HH...
A lot of folks associate the term “Viking” to the Scandinavian term vikingr, a word for “pirate.” However, the term is meant to reference oversea expeditions, and was used as a verb by the Scandinavian people for when the men traditionally took time out of their summers to go “a Viking.”