Omega Penannular Viking Brooch

£ 85.00

A bronze Viking omega penannular brooch, featuring two trapezoidal plate finials each with a granulated geometric design. The granules have been placed to form different sized triangles framed by a row of further granules. At the top, a free-moving pin sits vertically down the diameter of the brooch’s ring coiled to the hoop. The brooch features a flat, unworked reverse. Parts of the original bronze colouring can be seen on the back along with beautiful blue and green patination.

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


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.

Weight 17.4 g
Dimensions L 6.5 x W 3.9 cm



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