Dragonhead Boat (VP11)
For Safety on JourneysThe longboat figurehead was an important magical charm believed to frighten off supernatural presators just as defensive shields would protect them from human foes. Voyages could be dangerous, and the Vikings sought the guardianship of the dragon symbol for protection and good fortune when away from the home harbour.
The Vikings were well known for their love of adornments and jewellery. Our Trove of Valhalla collection pays tribute to many of their iconic designs. Lovingly reproduced, the original meanings of each pendant are explained on its accompanying Viking leaflet.