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.

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c. 8th-12th century AD. Viking. Beautifully decorated bronze bracelet. Flat with raised figurative designs and edges. Penannular with green patina. Wearable. Jewellery was an important part of viking culture, for men and women alike. Contrary to modern ideas of vikings, historical chroniclers like English monk John of Wallingford recorded that the Vikings took great interest in their physical appearance. Moreover, jewellery was used as a status indicator, so precious materials and elaborate designs were favoured.

Size: L:50mm / W:61mm ; 24g

Provenance: Property of a North London gentleman; previously acquire on the UK/European art market before 2000

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