c. 8th-12th century AD. Viking. Slender iron blade set in a reconstructed wooden handle with rows of dots and ending with a monstrous head. Blades like this one probably had a military function and were taken on raids as back-up weapons; several have been found in battlefield excavations, though they may also have had more practical domestic functions. The handles for these knives were typically made of wood or bone.
Size: L:250mm / W:100mm ; 320g
Provenance: From an old British collection formed in the 1990s; previously acquired in Germany.