In a previous post, I showed off some of the tortoise (oval, turtle) brooches from the Iceland National Museum – along with a discussion about different artistic/decorative jewelry styles from the Vikings. In the next four posts I’m going to look at brooches of different styles.
Trifoil or Tri-lobed brooches are often shown either holding edges of a cloak, shawl, or coat together, or when used with a C-wrapped apron-dress, holding edges of the apron dress together.
The Iceland National Museum had trifoil brooches in a display with many others, but said about them:
“Trifoil brooches. One is ornamented with [stylized] foliage, another with an interlace pattern also common from Viking settlements by the Irish Sea. The other two are in the Borre style.”
At the Saga Museum, the tri-lobed brooch is shown at the neckline of the underdress. These are fairly large brooches though- and having worn a slightly smaller brooch at this location, I’d prefer one smaller still, rather than the large tri-lobed one. More commonly I’ve seen small penannular brooches at the throat.
In my next post I’ll show some of the other brooch styles.
Sagamuseum – The Saga Museum
Grandagarður, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 511 1517
National Museum of Iceland
Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 530 2200
Instead of doing another post about the tri-lobed brooches, I thought I would add to this one. These are examples from the Vikings exhibit in BC. For more information about the exhibit, follow my Vikings in BC tag.
The brooches from this display weren’t dated, but were referred to as a “new design” influenced by foreign interactions. The display stated “Objects from other countries and cultures often influenced Scandinavian designs. For instance the trefoil (three-leaved) design was a common decoration on sword belts in the Frankish Empire. In Scandinavia, decorated with animal ornament, it was used as a brooch in women’s costumes.”
This brooch is described as “of Scandinavian provenance. The triangular central part was originally filled with gold. Animal ornamentation in Jellinge style”. Found in Ostra Herrestad, Skane, Sweden.
This brooch is described as “of European (Frankish) provenance. Decorated with palmettes showing plant ornamentation in the Carolingian style” this brooch was found at Vasby, Skane, Sweden.