Número de artigo: 2048
This 8 cm (3.2 inches) tall bronze figurine depicts Thor, the Viking god, holding his hammer. It is a reproduction of the original figurine that was found on Iceland.
Thor is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic peoples, from the Roman occupation of regions of Germania, to his high popularity during the Viking Age. Thor is associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility.
Small figurines like this one represented the god in question to the Vikings, just as the large, wooden statues in their temples. Smaller figurines were kept in homes to bestow the god's blessing upon the house and family.