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8th C. Viking Silver Bracelet w/ Stamped Motifs

Lot 0029 Details

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For every order (single or multiple lots) in this auction, Artemis Gallery will donate 25 meals to Community Food Share, a Feeding America Food Bank.

Northern Europe, Viking / Norse culture, ca. 8th to 11th century CE. An elegant, hammered 98% silver bracelet of circular form with tapering terminals and a narrow opening between them. The exterior face of the bracelet is stamped with repeated and regular triangles, each with low granulations within its form. Some shallow triangular stamps are also on the interior. The stamped triangle pattern was very popular in the Viking world, although its meaning is unknown. This lovely bracelet is wearable! Size: 2.8" W (7.1 cm); silver quality is 98%; total weight is 26.8 grams

A piece such as this would have been made in a specialized workshop centered around a hearth, probably using the lost wax casting technique. 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 not as coins, but as jewelry, a wearable currency form that was not subject to the authority of a monarch or mint. One of the most common archaeological finds from the Viking period is a hoard of metal objects, often buried in the earth or deposited in bodies of water, like river beds.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) and then Latvia collection; found on the Baltic Sea coast prior to 1982

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#153451
Condition
Very slight bending to form. Light deposits on lower profile areas. Although the bracelet is wearable, be careful when putting it on as ancient silver can become brittle.


“To eliminate hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties through engagement, collaboration, and leadership…”

Community Food Share is a Feeding America food bank serving those in need with access to fresh, nutritious food and nutrition education, with a special emphasis on children, seniors, and other populations of greatest need.

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8th C. Viking Silver Bracelet w/ Stamped Motifs

Estimate $1,300 - $2,000
Apr 16, 2020
Starting Price $650
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0029: 8th C. Viking Silver Bracelet w/ Stamped Motifs

Sold for $900
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Est. $1,300 - $2,000Starting Price $650
CHARITY AUCTION Ancient Ethnographic Jewelry
Thu, Apr 16, 2020 12:00 PM
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Lot 0029 Details

Description
...
For every order (single or multiple lots) in this auction, Artemis Gallery will donate 25 meals to Community Food Share, a Feeding America Food Bank.

Northern Europe, Viking / Norse culture, ca. 8th to 11th century CE. An elegant, hammered 98% silver bracelet of circular form with tapering terminals and a narrow opening between them. The exterior face of the bracelet is stamped with repeated and regular triangles, each with low granulations within its form. Some shallow triangular stamps are also on the interior. The stamped triangle pattern was very popular in the Viking world, although its meaning is unknown. This lovely bracelet is wearable! Size: 2.8" W (7.1 cm); silver quality is 98%; total weight is 26.8 grams

A piece such as this would have been made in a specialized workshop centered around a hearth, probably using the lost wax casting technique. 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 not as coins, but as jewelry, a wearable currency form that was not subject to the authority of a monarch or mint. One of the most common archaeological finds from the Viking period is a hoard of metal objects, often buried in the earth or deposited in bodies of water, like river beds.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) and then Latvia collection; found on the Baltic Sea coast prior to 1982

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#153451
Condition
...
Very slight bending to form. Light deposits on lower profile areas. Although the bracelet is wearable, be careful when putting it on as ancient silver can become brittle.


“To eliminate hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties through engagement, collaboration, and leadership…”

Community Food Share is a Feeding America food bank serving those in need with access to fresh, nutritious food and nutrition education, with a special emphasis on children, seniors, and other populations of greatest need.

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