Inspired by ceremonial rattles found in the Oseburg burial Max from Great Ash Forge has created a modern day version forged from steel with hand crafted wooden handles.
Alongside the spectacularly well preserved Viking longboat, the excavations at Oseburg in Norway turned up a diverse range of grave goods. Could the rattles found in the burial have had a ceremonial purpose? Or was their function more prosaic as a musical instrument or even as an early sleigh bell? We will probably never know...
You can learn more about the Oseburg burials here.
Material & Make
This item has been hand forged in England from steel at the Great Ash Forge smithy. For anyone not familiar with the forging process, this has been created entirely with fire, a hammer and an anvil and although quite small, this piece took a long time to create.
All Max's raw materials are sourced in the UK
As these pieces are hand made, there may be slight variations from the product picture.
About The Artist
Max aka Great Ash Forge is a blacksmith with a keen interest in Nordic history. When he is not studying to gain further knowledge of his craft, he creates a variety of cool bits made from metal for Northern Fire which you can view here.
Size & Dimensions
Dimensions of the rattle: 30 x 30cm (12 x 12 inches)
Dimensions of the handle: 26cm (10 inches)