Gnezdovo mask

  • Gnezdovo mask

32 x 24 mm

The famous Gnezdovo mask was found in the namesake hoard in Gnezdovo, Russia. Situated by the river Dnieper, a common trade route used by the Slavic Vikings, the hoard held many fantastic items, our favourite being this mask pendant.
Several stone with carved "masks" have been found from the Viking era, and also several smaller items with masks carved or engraved onto them
Sadly, we know very little about the true meaning of these masks, although to judge from this beautiful design, it was most likely a depiction of a crowned god
Often referred to as a Godmask or Grylemask