Viking brooches – round brooches

 

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

In my previous post I showed off trifoil/tri-lobe brooches, and in today’s post I’ll show off some of the round brooches from the Iceland National Museum.

Round Brooches

The first group of round brooches, shown at the top of this page and below are included in a display: “Most of the earliest jewelry is ornamented similarly to that from Viking Age Scandinavia. The most frequent finds are women’s brooches, which were used to fasten the over-tunics at the shoulders.”
The four round brooches below, (in the middle under the trifoil brooches) are just listed as “in the Nordic style” and the display didn’t include locations or dates for the finds.

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

In the same display case there were the two domed round brooches below – with hanging chains. (In the far left hand of the photo below.) These were listed as “two round, domed brooches with a link-pattern, which may indicate Baltic origins”. Also in this photo is a door ring with a dragon ornament, and Urnes style brooches from the 11th century which I’ll explore  in an upcoming post.

 

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

Below is a better view of the two brooches with hanging chains.

Dangling brooches at the Iceland National Museum

Dangling brooches at the Iceland National Museum

The round brooch shown below with the drinking horn is just identified as a clasp – but comes from a display of 15-17th century items, so could possibly be Medieval, and not Viking/Settlement Age.

Fancy brooch

Fancy brooch

 

In my next post I’ll show some of the other brooch styles.

Sagamuseum – The Saga Museum
www.sagamuseum.is/
Grandagarður, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 511 1517

National Museum of Iceland
www.nationalmuseum.is
Suðurgata 41, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
+354 530 2200

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