Viking Decorated Bronze Ring-Pin 9th -12th Century

Heading : Viking, Bronze, Decorated Ring-Pin, 9th -12th Century

Material: Bronze

Period: Viking to early medieval

Date: 9th to 12th century

Origin: Northern Europe 

Condition: F+, dark patina

Description: A wonderful ring-pin with a long pin with attached ring, an ornamental panel is created by the meeting of two opposing beast or bird head with ring decoration

Size and Weight: 94mm, 21.5g

Features and Provenance: 
 Previously from a private London family collection.

The ring-pin, originally a basic pin with a small loop to the top, was used to fasten cloaks. They have have been found in graves as shroud fastenings, but are also associated with attaching swords. They appear to have been prevalent in Ireland. The loops became more elaborate with time and took on a larger and more of a penannular and pseudo-penannular form, with beasts and mythological symbolism as decoration. It is one such ring-pin discovered in Newfoundland that helped prove the landing of the Vikings in North America.




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





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  • Product Code: 21112918
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  • £400.00

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