Better a brief spell of honor than a long rule of shame.
- Dated: unknown, but made in the 15th century style
The weapon has a double-edged blade of triangular shape, with ribbed section at the tip, and a double fuller in the central part, plus a triple fuller on the forte. The latter is engraved and completely gilded, picturing ordinary life scenes in two cities, one of Classical Time, the other with various spires.
Above the ornamentation there is a floral-patterned frame and decorations with racemes. The iron hilt has some gilding remains. The hilt is of square section with quillons curved towards the blade, flat pommel festooned on the borders, ivory grips with rosettes and gilded and engraved rivets.
Greek Gilded Silver Ibex Rhyton, 4th Century BC
The end represents the forepart of the animal lying down, legs folded under the body. It has a woolly fleece formed of long wavy locks. The body of the vessel is decorated at the base with golden ovals, and on top with Greek-style palmettes, topped with a lip decorated with more golden ovals.It is probably the work of a Greek master for a prominent person of the era.
The zoomorphic rhyton, widely used in the East, Greece and Thrace, appears to have developed in Anatolia around the early 2nd millennium BC, eventually becoming popular in the 8th century BC. Popularity of the rhyton grew in Athens and surrounding areas during the 5th century BC.
Handmade Swords - Vardhllokur (Spirit Song)
- Maker: Jake Powning
- Medium: steel, oak, bitch, bronze, silver
- Measurements: overall length 86.4 cm; weight 1.275 kg
Vardhllokur is a pattern-welded Viking sword with ancient bog-oak grip. The scabbard is yellow birch with Mammen style ornamentation while the hilt is bronze with silver and copper wire accents.