Northern Europe, Viking / Norse culture, ca. late 9th century CE. An large bracelet made of thick, coiled and twisted silver wire, forming series of six loops in a 3x2 horizontal pattern, and wrapped around to form terminals. The piece could have been worn by either a man or a woman, as Vikings of both sexes have been found buried with jewelry similar to this. Vikings hoarded precious metals, especially silver; 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 was a huge component of hoards, and functioned as an easily transportable form of currency. This wearable example is emblematic of that type. Size: 3.45" W x 1.55" H (8.8 cm x 3.9 cm); 83.8 grams
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection
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