The Valknut Steel Finish Sporran Flap
Our Valknut Interchangeable Flap design is derived from an extremely old and arcane symbol depicting three interlocking triangles. The triad of shapes has no firm historical context, though some scholars point to the 9th century Snoldelev Stone as a likely source for the design. On this stone, a conjoined trio of Viking-era drinking horns is featured, along with runes composed in the Younger Futhark alphabet. Other researchers consider it to be a variant of the Triskelion (see our Lemniscate Triskelion design!), while still others relate it to Odin. As a symbol of Odin’s power on earth, the Valknut may represent binding rune or ritual used shortly before or after death in battle.
Referencing the Borromean Ring variant of the Valknut design, we drew inspiration for our Valknut Interchangeable Flap from the Viking Age Sora Hammars stones in Gotland, Sweden. Included in a striking image of sacrifice over an altar, this depiction of the Valknut seems to best capture its importance to Viking culture. Celtic Leatherworks is pleased to integrate this ancient pattern into our Interchangeable Flap collection.
This flap fits our Interchangeable style Rob Roy Sporrans. The flap is full grain vegetable tanned leather with the Valknu embossed into it. The flap on this bag has been hand rubbed to give it a burnished brass and steel finish.
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