Viking Brooch, Penannular or Omega Type, 9th-11th Century


Product Code:RNC186

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Heading: Viking brooch

Material: Bronze

Period: Viking/Early Medieval

Date: 9th to 10th century

Origin: Northern Europe

Condition: VF with lovely brown patina

Description: Penannular/omega bronze brooch with unusual shaping with trumpet-like finials and decoration made up of a dots and ring motif interspersed with v-shaped linear patterns. the pin is in place to annular area

Size and Weight: 47mm. 29g

Features and Provenance: From an Austrian collection.

This type of penannular Viking brooch – also known as an omega brooch – was worn on the shoulder or chest to close a cloak. Their art work and everyday items were greatly influenced by their travels. many cultures were absorbed such as those of Finland and Russia. The Vikings were great traders; they are often maligned as nothing more than Scandinavian thugs. but nothing could be further from the truth. The range of their trade-goods was extensive – this included slaves. Norsemen never referred to themselves as Vikings as it was an old Norse word meaning ‘adventure and trade’ this emerged from their ‘vanderlyst’. Viking did however. enter English lexicons in the 18th century. but even then it was only meant to refer to ‘a Scandinavian.’

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of the artefact and there are grades between

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear. all parts of pattern etc present. visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief. all parts of pattern etc present. but may be worn

Fine (F). Wear on the artefact and parts of item and pattern etc may be missing or not visible


Additional information

Weight50 g


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