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Viking Sword

The Witherslack Viking Sword

Museum number: KMA1979.269

Swords like this were made by a process called ‘pattern welding’ where etched decoration was incorporated into the whole design.

The decoration likened the swords to snake skins and they were regarded as having magical properties. This sword was found at the foot of Whitbarrow Scar in 1898.

Due to the refurbishment of the Kendal and Westmorland Gallery the Sheela-na-gig is not on display. Please make an appointment with the curator to view it.