Northern Europe, Viking / Norse culture, ca. 800 to 1000 CE. A bracelet for a small wrist, made of twisted silver wire loosely braided, with the terminals pressed together to form flat ends. This piece could have been worn by either a man or a woman, as Vikings of both sexes have been found buried with jewelry like this. Vikings hoarded precious metals, especially silver, to a great degree; for example, in Viking Scotland alone, we know of thirty-one Viking age hoards containing silver - and those are just the ones we know about - while Viking Ireland has nearly double that! Silver jewelry of all sizes were a huge component of hoards, and functioned as a wearable form of currency. This example is emblematic of the type. Size: 2.8" W (7.1 cm); 34 grams
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection
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