This plaque depicts a Saxon stylized Irminsul Pillar enshrined within an all-encompassing circle. It is crafted from a single piece of carved wood.
The Irminsul was a large pillar or a great tree around which the Germanic Saxons worshipped their gods, or centered their practices around. Much of the details of its nature is lost to time. Erected to stand tall in the open air, it is believed that the part of the installation of the Irminsul was to symbolize a separation between earth and sky, with the pillar symbolically holding the sky aloft.
When Charlemagne invaded Saxony in 772 he came to the seat of their religion; a great Irminsul believed to be near what is now Obermarsberg in Germany. He ordered the Irminsul toppled to the ground to prove that the sky would not fall with its disappearance and to pressure them into adopting Christianity. Whether the literal belief of the Irminsul Pillar being essential to holding up the sky is an embellishment by the chroniclers of the Royal Frankish Annals to denigrate the beliefs of the Saxons and to uplift Christianity or a bold truth may remain in question.