This altar is one of a kind and can only be found through Oreamnos Oddities.
It measures 24.5 x 9 inches.
It is made entirely from scratch and is adorned with a hand harvested elk skull found while hiking. Made of pine and finished with a black ebony stain this piece can be hung on a wall or free stand on a shelf or existing altar.
All of my bones are ethically sourced and hand cleaned.
I styled this altar to be similar to that of a grave stone. There are three dragons under the skull that are lined with the eldest forms of the runic alphabets: the Elder Futhark. The design work on this piece is all hand engraved by Rachel Shelton.
The Elder Futhark (also called Elder Fuþark, Older Futhark, Old Futhark or Germanic Futhark) is the oldest form of the runic alphabets. It was a writing system used by Germanic tribes for Northwest Germanic dialects in the Migration Period. Its inscriptions are found on artifacts (including jewelry, amulets, tools, weapons, and runestones) from the 2nd to the 8th centuries.
In Scandinavia, from the late 8th century, the script was simplified to the Younger Futhark, and the Anglo-Saxons and Frisians extended the Futhark, which eventually became the Anglo-Saxon futhorc. Unlike the Anglo-Saxon furhorc and the Younger Futharks, which remained in use during the Early and the High Middle Ages respectively, knowledge of how to read the Elder Futhark was forgotten until 1865, when it was deciphered by Norwegian scholar Sophus Bugge