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Lot 0383
**Originally Listed at $250**

Northern Europe, Viking / Norse culture, ca. 9th to 11th century CE. A collection of gorgeous bronze buttons. Twelve are solid cast bronze; one is comprised of twisted bronze wire with a red, blue, and white glass bead; one is cast bronze with a clear glass inlay in the form of a flower; six are bronze with inlaid enamel; one is a brown-red stone, and one is silver. Each bead is unique, with incised and/or colorful abstract motifs. Finely decorated clothing was a sign of wealth in the Viking period, and buttons like these were used to fasten them tightly to protect against the cold, wet weather that was typical in the North Atlantic and Scandinavia. Size: 0.7" L x 0.5" W (1.8 cm x 1.3 cm)

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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All have some patina and encrustation in lower profile areas. Some of the enamel has small losses. The bronze one with inlaid clear glass has a small loss to the fastening end.

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Group of 22 Viking Buttons - Bronze, Silver, Enamel

Estimate $400 - $600Sep 25, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA