You might know the Vikings for their prowess in battle, but they left behind them a vast amount of beautiful jewellery.

Both men and women would adorn themselves with bracelets, amulets, brooches and rings for battle, special occasions and the everyday. These items were not only a way of showing off the spoils of war or conquest, they also showed religious and familial devotions. Take this arm ring, it represents the large snake of Jormungand, who is said to inhabit the seas. Associated with Raganork, the Viking end of the world, this arm ring that evokes the serpent is a powerful symbol.

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700-1100 AD, Viking Age. A twisted bracelet or arm ring, made of interwoven strands of bronze ending in looped terminals. In Norse mythology, Jormungand (pronounced “YOUR-mun-gand;” Old Norse Jörmungandr, “Great Beast”), also called the “Midgard Serpent,” is a snake or dragon who lives in the ocean that surrounds Midgard, the visible world. He was so enormous that his body forms a circle around the entirety of Midgard. He is one of the three children of Loki and the giantess Angrboda, along with Hel and Fenrir. Excellent condition; beautiful patina.

Size: L:200mm / W:78mm ; 685g

Provenance: Previously with R.U., Parthenon Gallery, London; formerly in the 1990s UK collection.

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