Vintage 'Maeshowe Dragon' Brooch
Cool silver brooch modelled after the Maeshowe Dragon - one of Orkney's most iconic symbols. A highly stylised human figure, with wild limbs akimbo clings on to an (actually quite serene-looking) dragon in an attempt to slay the beast - with typical swirling accents applied to the head and legs of the rider, and simple engraved scale details to the dragon. The "dragon" - although there is debate as to which creature, exactly, is being depicted here - is thought to have been carved in the 12th century, by one of the Norsemen who broke into the pre-historic chambered cairn. Some suggest the beast may be a wolf, a lion, or even the Fenrir from Norse mythology, but the most widely accepted interpretation is of a dragon - representing paganism - being slain by the sword of Christian belief. A fine piece of Scottish silver jewellery, the brooch is beautifully made, with Edinburgh hallmarks from the year 1968.
Era: Vintage 1968
Size: 4.8cm by 4.6cm
Hallmarks: Scottish, Sterling Silver, Edinburgh, 1968
Condition: Great antique condition.
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