Viking Bronze Turtle Brooches


Ca. 900–1100 AD. Viking Age. Two rare cast bronze “turtle” fibulae with raised domes decorated with geometric raised design. Brooches were a key element of Viking personal adornment. They served as decoration and were used to fasten layers of clothing together. To find out more about the Vikings and their art, see Graham–Campbell, J. (2013). Viking Art. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd. For more information on Viking Jewellery, see Arbman, H. (1940). Birka I Die Gräber. Uppsala and Hubbard, B. (2016) The Viking Warrior. Amber Books Ltd, London, 61–65.

Size: L:50mm / W:85mm ; 145.6g

Provenance: Private London collection; formerly acquired on the UK and European art market 1980-2000.

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