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This hair bead is made from solid Bronze, hand hast using the lost wax method in Scotland and hand finished in England. It features a rope design which wraps around the top and bottom of the bead also framing the Perthro runes.
The rune is repeated twice on the bead and sits atop an Urnes design making it a beautiful, highly-detailed piece to wear and admire.
The Elder Futhark runes are split into three aettir. Each is a subset of the runes that is associated with a different god.
Perthro is one of the most enigmatic of runes, it’s meaning can be inferred from the Old English Rune Poem which refers to it as ‘ever play and laughter’ where warriors sit in the beer-hall together. The most common meanings assigned are the ‘lot cup’ or ‘gaming piece’ – both referring to games of chance which were taken very seriously by the Germanic peoples as they were believed to reveal the extent of a person’s ‘luck’ (or hamingja). A warrior with luck on his side in the gaming hall was likely to have good fortune on the battle-field too and would be highly prized by his war band.
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