Viking Early Medieval Enamelled Cross, 9th-11th Century

Material: Enamelled bronze

Period: Viking/Early Medieval

Date: 9th to 11th century

Origin: Scandinavian to Western European

Condition: Some enamelling is present on both sides, attachment loop broken

Description: Bronze cross with cells in each arm terminating in annular cells with central pellets; each cell had red enamel, much still present; each annulus has a small knop to each side, suspension loop to top, sadly broken. Sandy deposits remain.

Size and Weight: 36 x 31mm, 6.3g

 

Features and Provenance: Previously from an Austrian collection

As the Vikings turned more towards Christianity their Thor's hammer pendants were replaced by crosses and crucifixes but many would probably 'hedge their bets by wearing both. The crosses were initially basic but were gradually influenced by designs from other cultures, as our example, which had Slavic influences. Simple symmetrical crosses with bulbous ends or decorative knops evolved into crucifixes with stylised images of Christ with disproportionately large hands and cranium or highly decorated and enamelled.

 

 

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: 21111609
  • Availability: Sold
  • £120.00

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