Drinking Horn 6 oz. Raven Viking
I found the Raven image on the silver penny of King Anlaf Guthfrithsson to be of great visual interest, and decided it would make a great design for my horns. This style of raven is currently very popular as a design on banners, or "war banners," as some like to call them, but back around the year 939 it graced the coinage of King Anlaf Gthfrithsson.
This horn is about 11.5" long, and holds about 6 oz of your favorite drink. It is sealed with a durable wood bowl finish inside, and treated with a protective butcher block finish on the outside.
Some history that inspired the design:
Silver penny of Anlaf Guthfrithsson
Although this coin was made in England, it was made for a Viking ruler. From the mid-860s, much of northern and eastern England fell under the control of the Vikings. This area was later known as the Danelaw, and included the kingdoms of Northumbria and East Anglia, as well as large parts of the East Midlands, which had previously formed part of the kingdom of Mercia. Throughout the period of their control, Viking rulers issued their own coins. In each part of Viking England, Viking rulers seem to have begun issuing coins after converting to Christianity. Some of the Viking coins were closely copied from Anglo-Saxon designs, but others were more distinctive.
Some of the most remarkable coins are those of Olaf (Anlaf) Guthfrithsson who ruled in Northumbria and also parts of the East Midlands. He reconquered these areas in 939 after the death of the Anglo-Saxon king Athelstan (924-39), who had seized them in 927 following the death of Olaf’s uncle Sihtric.
Olaf’s most famous coins show a bird of prey, probably an eagle or a raven. Both birds were associated with the Norse god Odin, so these coins are sometimes seen as a symbol of Viking paganism. However, the eagle is also associated with St John the Evangelist, and the raven with St Oswald, so the religious message of the coins is uncertain. It could be a deliberately pagan symbol, or one which both pagans and Christians could accept. The design on the back is a simple cross, so more obviously Christian.
The inscription ANLAF CVNVNC ('King Olaf') is also interesting. ‘Anlaf’ is the Anglo-Saxon way of writing Olaf, but ‘cununc’ is a version of the Old Norse word for ‘king’. Most Viking coins had Latin inscriptions, like Anglo-Saxon coins, and the use of the Scandinavian language of Old Norse seems to be a clear indication of Viking independence.
~ British Museum
London, United Kingdom
Ravens Galdr drinking horns are hand crafted one at a time in the Ravens Galdr workshop. This steer horn is approximately 11.5" long and holds approximately 6 oz. of your favorite cold, or hot (not too hot!) beverage. After carving the design, I seal the interior with a very durable food grade wood bowl finish. Last but not least, I oil down the exterior with a butcher block finishing oil and give it a nice buffing. Once this is done, the drinking horns are ready to use with your favorite beverage, such as mead, or ale! Since this horn has been sealed with an oil based wood bowl finish, it can tolerate hot liquids, but don't over do it, as horn is a natural material that will be affected by overly hot temperature variations.
Drinking Horn Comes With a Handmade Wood Stand.
Care and Cleaning Tips
When cleaning your drinking horn, it is necessary to keep in mind the things that render them useless. Below are a few tips you should pay attention to in order to ensure the preservation of your drinking horn for many years to come.
Things You NEED To Do
Hand-wash your drinking horn after every use
Your drinking horn is coated and sealed, so you need to simply use warm water (not hot) and a soft cloth to clean it. Then, rinse and dry it with a towel to get rid of the moisture immediately.
Your drinking horn may need to be coated with wood bowl sealer after a year or two, depending upon wear and tear. There are many videos on YouTube detailing how this is done. Lastly, polish the exterior of your drinking horn once in a while with vegetable oil, or a beeswax wood furniture oil to prevent it from drying out, since it is a natural material.
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