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9th C. Viking Silver Bracteate Pendant

Lot 0039 Details

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Northern Europe, Viking, ca. 9th to 10th century CE. A gorgeous bracteate pendant, made from 97.5% pure silver. The entire surface is decorated with filigreed motifs of rope-patterned curls and spirals as well as elegant spherical granules. At the center of the composition is a five-pointed star motif with double spirals emerging from its points that is highlighted with lovely granules. All is surrounded by a generous filigreed border. Above the circular face is a folded loop that is also decorated with filigree and granulation. Pendants like this example were worn around the neck or sewn onto clothing as a type of amulet for protection or good fortune. Weight: 2.5 grams Size: 1.25" L x 1" W (3.2 cm x 2.5 cm); cord is 19.5" L (49.5 cm) Silver quality: 97.5%.

Filigree and granulation are among the oldest metlsmithing techniques. The techniques involved include twisting gold or silver wires and soldering incredibly tiny beads comprised of the same precious metal onto the surface of the piece of jewelry. This very complicated technique requires painstaking attention to detail that relatively few jewelers have ever mastered. Ancient civilizations such as the Mesopotamians, Greeks, and Etruscans developed the methodology; filigreed and granulated jewelry continued to be popular in the Roman empire, and was also sought after by the Slavs, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings, remaining popular throughout the Middle Ages. In fact, modern jewelers still utilize these ancient techniques.

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

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#160371
Condition
Slight bending and indentations to pendant and minor surface wear commensurate with age. Silver has developed a warm patina over the ages. Bracteate is ancient. Strung on a modern cord, so not only beautiful but also wearable.
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9th C. Viking Silver Bracteate Pendant

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Lot 0039 Details

Description
...
Northern Europe, Viking, ca. 9th to 10th century CE. A gorgeous bracteate pendant, made from 97.5% pure silver. The entire surface is decorated with filigreed motifs of rope-patterned curls and spirals as well as elegant spherical granules. At the center of the composition is a five-pointed star motif with double spirals emerging from its points that is highlighted with lovely granules. All is surrounded by a generous filigreed border. Above the circular face is a folded loop that is also decorated with filigree and granulation. Pendants like this example were worn around the neck or sewn onto clothing as a type of amulet for protection or good fortune. Weight: 2.5 grams Size: 1.25" L x 1" W (3.2 cm x 2.5 cm); cord is 19.5" L (49.5 cm) Silver quality: 97.5%.

Filigree and granulation are among the oldest metlsmithing techniques. The techniques involved include twisting gold or silver wires and soldering incredibly tiny beads comprised of the same precious metal onto the surface of the piece of jewelry. This very complicated technique requires painstaking attention to detail that relatively few jewelers have ever mastered. Ancient civilizations such as the Mesopotamians, Greeks, and Etruscans developed the methodology; filigreed and granulated jewelry continued to be popular in the Roman empire, and was also sought after by the Slavs, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings, remaining popular throughout the Middle Ages. In fact, modern jewelers still utilize these ancient techniques.

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.

#160371
Condition
...
Slight bending and indentations to pendant and minor surface wear commensurate with age. Silver has developed a warm patina over the ages. Bracteate is ancient. Strung on a modern cord, so not only beautiful but also wearable.

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