Hilt of a Viking Sword C, Hedeby, Denmark. Weapons and armour were huge status symbols. Vikings gave their ornate swords names like Legbiter but when a warrior died in battle his sword was ritually killed too – bent double, and interred with him.
Figure in a procession of tribute-bearers. The turban on his head and the style of his hair and beard identify him as someone from the west of the empire, probably the Syrian coast or Turkey. BCE, from the Palace of Sargon II, Khorsabad, Iraq.