**Originally Listed At $600**
Northern Europe, Viking or Norse culture, ca. 9th to 11th century CE. A stunning pair of circular bracelets composed of twisted strands, one silvered bronze, and one 57% silver. The excess from each fused tip wraps around the other terminal and forms a small knot on the end. A lovely ensemble of wearable ancient art! Size: 2.9" W (7.4 cm); total weight of both: 54.4 g
The important Viking metalworking shops correspond to their great trading ports and proto-urban centers - Birka, Helgo, Sigtuna, and Lund in Sweden, Ribe, Haithabu (Hedeby), and Fyrkat in Denmark, and Kaupang and Trondheim in Norway. Silver was the principal currency of the Viking world, which stretched from Russia to northern Canada at the height of their influence. In many places, the Vikings kept silver and other precious metals not as coins, but as jewelry, a wearable currency form that was not subject to the authority of a monarch or mint.
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection
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