H. Arbman, Birka I. KVHAA: Uppsala 1940, Stockholm 1943.
Bronze buckle with fixed loop, decorated in relief. On it is the Norse god Loki, spreadeagled and bound with snakes. Loki is the trickster of Viking legend, a sharp-tongued troublemaker - he plots the murder of Balder, Odin's most beloved son. For this crime the Gods hunt Loki down and bind him below the earth, where serpents drip burning venom in his face - his struggles cause earthquakes. From a female cremation grave (Bj456) at Birka. Suits strapend V23. Four pins for fastening included.