Plowed Field Chain spreader / Chatelaine - 5306S
In the Viking Age, chain spreaders / bead hangers / chatelaines were worn in pairs, hung below oval or round brooches. They were used to display strings of colored glass beads and other treasured charms and ornaments. Small tools could be hung from them such as scissors, tweezers or needle cases. This may also be worn singly when used as a chatelaine to carry favorite tools and amulets, hung below a brooch or dangling from a separate chain. They came in many styles from practical and simple to highly ornate.
This woven pattern is known as a “Plowed field” amulet and is generally found in Slavic/Rus regions of the eastern Viking territory. It is said by some sources to represent the Earth Goddess – either Lada or Mokosh – in her guise as the rich moist earth of spring ready to receive the seed and the generative power of the Sun. This pattern is thought to have been a protective amulet for married women as is seen not only in pendants but as the top ornament of needle cases and as a pendant in both round and lozenge configuration.