Light yet serene sounding Vegvisir pottery chime created from rich red Terra Cotta clay.
This hand-rolled 4-1/2'' x 5-1/2'' disc (11cmx 13cm) was carved with the sacred Icelandic Runic symbol, the Vegvisir compass and stamped with Thor's hammer, fired, then glazed on one side and fired once again. I then painted genuine gold glaze onto the clay and fired it for a third and final time in the kiln to bond the gold to the glaze.
Five fingers of terra cotta fingers glazed a rich turquoise on one side are decorated with Aquamarine crystal chips, glass crystal beads, and one central Czech glass bead. The chime terminates in a turquoise terra cotta pendant with the Futhark bind rune for Viking carved into it.
Total length from top of hook to bottom is 19-1/2" long (50 cm). The hook is made of chainmail rings and steel.
Total length from top of hook to bottom is 18" long (46 cm). The hook is made of chainmail rings and steel.
It is a Norse protection symbol, which has a deep meaning. The Icelandic word literally means ‘guidepost’ or ‘direction sign’. In modern popular culture, the Vegvísir is often called Runic Compass or See the Way. It is often associated with the Viking Age, which is not correct: this symbol is from the 17th-century Icelandic grimoire called Galdrabók (‘magic book’). The origin of this type of witchcraft is difficult to ascertain: to some extent, it derives from medieval mysticism and renaissance occultism, but also has a few connections with the ancient Germanic runic tradition. Vegvísir was drawn on one’s forehead with blood to prevent a person from getting lost.