Selection of Omega Penannular Viking Brooches

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.

Date: Circa 9th - 11th century AD
Condition: Very good condition. With original pins. Green patination covers surfaces.
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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.

To find out more about different metal decorative techniques please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques



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