Selection of Omega Penannular Viking Brooches

GBP 75.00

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Object Description

A selection of two Viking bronze omega penannular brooches, featuring two trapezoidal plate finials each with a granulated geometric design. The brooches feature a free-moving pin, which sits vertically across the length of the brooch. The brooches are very similar in shape and function, except for the eight decorative rings that run along the edges of item B. The pin is attached via a loop to the penannular hoop. The brooches feature flat, unworked reverses.

Object History

In the Viking culture, brooches were commonly used to fasten clothes or cloaks. The brooches were worn not only for practical purposes but also as an indication of wealth, fashioned from simple bone pins, to more elaborate gold brooches. Animals and mythical beast motifs frequently feature on Viking jewellery and ornaments accompanied by geometric interlace of knots and patterns. Brooches were worn by both genders, men commonly wore one on their right shoulder while women wore two brooches to fasten their shawls, one on each shoulder.

Object Condition

Very good condition. With original pins. Green patination covers surfaces.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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