Irminsul pendant, made of bronzeOrder number: 53.035
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Pendant Irminsul (oval) made of bronze.
The Irminsul (from irmin = mighty, divine, great and sul = pillar) or Irmensäule was an old Saxon main sanctuary, and will have been a large oak or wooden pillar.
Their exact location is unknown, but it was probably near the Eresburg near Obermarsberg, as the formulations in the Annales regni Francorum ("Frankish imperial annals") in 772 suggest. Other possible locations include u. a. the Externsteine and the Velmerstot. The Irminsul was destroyed by the Franks at the instigation of Charlemagne in 772 during the Saxon Wars.
The Irminsul was supposed to symbolize the connection of the sky with the earth. The monk Rudolf of Fulda, to whom we owe the only more detailed information about Irminsul, writes in the Translatio s. Alexandria (Chapter 3): "Truncum quoque ligni non parvae magnitudinis in erectum erectum sub divo colebant, patria eum lingua Irminsul appellantes, quod Latin dicitur universalis columna, quasi sustinens omnia." - "Also a wooden log (or: tree trunk) of not small size, which had been raised in the height, they worshiped (sc the Saxons) in the open air, which they called in their native language" Irminsul ", which in Latin" All "Pillar" means that it carries the universe in a sense. "
A (remainder) version of an Irminsäule, apparently of Roman origin, is now in Hildesheim Cathedral. A reference to "the" Irminsul is unclear. Nearby are the places Irminseul / Irmenseul, Segeste, the Drachenberg and the Wormstal, which could even point to the Nibelungenlied.
Among other things, there is a memorial in Irmenseul in Germany in the Hildesheim district (approx. 9 kilometers from our company).
Motive on the front, the back is smooth.
- Width: about 0,79 inch (20mm)
- Height: approx. 1,3 inch (33 mm)
- Eyelet diameter for leather strap or chain: approx. 0,2 inch (5 mm)
- Weight: approx. 0,16 oz (4.6 g)