Serpent Pendant from Gørding, Denmark

Serpent Pendant

On February 10, 2019, near Gørding, Denmark, Jean Stockholm and Doris Birch Mathiesen found a beautiful gold pendant with a coiled snake.

This beautiful pendant is small, only 25mm long, is incredibly decorated with a very small filigree.

My replica is almost a 1:1 (27mm)

The pendant was hung on a wire which was fastened with a thong or string. The pendant contains two green glass beads.

Coiled snake pendants are known from the Late Germanic Iron Age and the Viking Age.

Perhaps the pendant depicts a mythical serpent Jörmungandr also known as the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent. Jörmungandr is a sea serpent, the middle child of Loki and the giantess Angrboða.

In Norse mythology, serpents and dragons embody the destructive phase of the creation-destruction cycle. This means that they represent chaos and cataclysm, but also change and renewal.

The original pendant located at Sydvestjyske Museer

Foto of original find: Sydvestjyske Museer

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