Viking brooches – Urnes, Jelling, and others

Authentic finds of scroll-like brooches at the Iceland National Museum

Authentic finds of scroll-like brooches at the Iceland National Museum

In my previous post I showed off trifoil/tri-lobe brooches, and round brooches. In today’s post I’ll show off some of the Urnes style brooches from the 11th century from the Iceland National Museum along with a few others.

Urnes style brooches

 

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

I shared this photo in my last post – and on the right side is the Urnes style brooches displayed at the top of the post.  These are from the 11th century, and the museum describes them as one made of silver while the other is gilt bronze.

Dragon brooch

The display for this brooch doesn’t actually describe it as a brooch, nor as in the Urnes style – but rather I included it here because it’s most similar the Urnes brooches versus some of the other styles. It’s listed as a “Copper dragon figure, part of a larger artifact” though it doesn’t include what artifact…   It’s also included in a display of drinking horns from the 15-17th centuries, so it’s probable that it’s not even from the Iceland Settlement Age/Viking Age.

Fancy brooch

Fancy brooch

Close up on the brooch at the neckline on the figure at the Saga Museum

Close up on the brooch at the neckline on the figure at the Saga Museum

Like the dragon brooch, there is no description of the brooch worn on the figure of a pondering Viking in the Saga Museum, it looks a lot like the Urnes style brooches at the top of this post. (Though perhaps with a bit fewer swirls…)

Thiking Viking in the Saga Museum

Thinking Viking in the Saga Museum

Jelling style

The below tongue-shaped brooches are decorated “in the Jelling style”.

Unusually shaped ornaments

Jelling style decorated tongue-shaped brooches

In a similar style, with the beasts curling, is the door ring from the brooch display that is decorated with a “dragon ornament”.

Another ornament from the brooch display case

Door ring from the brooch display case

In my next post I’ll show the last group of brooches – the penannular brooches from the Iceland National Museum.

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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