VIKING SLAVE SHACKLE KEY C10TH-11TH CENTURY AD

$165.00

Quite intricately made with angled bit comprising two circular holes over a curved bar. Split shank which would have flanked a bar within the lock casing which would stop a single centered shank. Pierced circular terminal to allow suspension, probably with others as each lock and key were unique. Just over 5” in length. Slaving was a primary occupation for Vikings. European slaves were kept by Vikings and sold to the North African trade. It is said that the typical Viking household would have had a slave dwelling outbuilding. Coastal Italian towns were particularly vulnerable as they could be raided and the captives immediately transported across the Mediterranean to the North African markets.

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VIKING SLAVE SHACKLE KEY C10TH-11TH CENTURY AD

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