Viking brooches – penannular

 

Illustration in a book explaining different Viking Age brooches

Illustration in a book explaining different Viking Age brooches

I’ve shown you photographs from some of the museum brooch exhibits from Iceland over the past few posts. Today I’m going to show off the last group; penannular brooches.

trifoil/tri-lobe brooches
 round brooches
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rnes & Jelling style brooches

Penannular Brooches

In the photo above, a man has a Penannular brooch securing his cloak on one shoulder. For an in-depth look at what this illustration shows, please visit my previous post, on tortoise brooches.

The display in the Saga Museum, the male figure has a penannular brooch securing his cloak as well.

penannular brooch on the figure at the Saga Museum

penannular brooch on the figure at the Saga Museum

The display below isn’t dated, but the horns in the background are from the 15-17th centuries, however the display also includes rings, pendants, and penannular brooches.

A display of brooches, rings, pendants and horns in the Iceland National Museum.

A display of brooches, rings, pendants and horns in the Iceland National Museum.

The three penannular brooches don’t have any write-ups, and are beside a gold clasp that is described as being “probably Norwegian from the later middle ages” suggesting to me that the penannular brooches in this display aren’t Viking Age – though the style doesn’t change much…

Pendants and penannular brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

Pendants and penannular brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

 

Rings, pendants, and penannular brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

Rings, pendants, and penannular brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

Another view of the brooches and the display they are shown in along with amulets, rings and the gold clasp.

The penannular brooches below were from a much earlier display though. They too aren’t described or dated, but most of the display space is devoted to items from the Settlement Age and dated to the 10th century which suggests that these brooches likely are Viking Age.

penannular brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

penannular brooches in 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

 

Update!

Instead of doing another post about the penannular 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.

This display didn’t have any dates associated, but included a number of jewelry items in an area devoted to Viking artisanship and craftsmanship.

Penannular brooches from the Vikings in BC exhibit

Penannular brooches from the Vikings in BC exhibit

The silver penannular brooch above is “decorated with punctuated triangles, very characteristic for the time.” (The date is not noted). “The end knobs are octagonal in the same style as Arabic weights”. The find is noted as Lilla Klintegarda, Vaskinde, Gotland, Sweeden.

Penannular brooches from the Vikings in BC exhibit

Penannular brooches from the Vikings in BC exhibit

The bronze, silver, and glass penannular brooch on the left has “in the centre of the brooch an animal head is depicted. Both eyes were originally made of glass but only one is preserved. The end knobs are shaped as animal heads”. The find is written as Tomta, Rone, Gotland, Sweden.

The pin on the right is a Ring-headed pin brooch of bronze, gold, and silver. “The brooch has a gripping-beast motif in the Borre style. The ring is made of silver. The head of the bronze pin is also made of silver and forms the shape of a bearded demon.” The find is written as Alkie, Endre, Gotland, Sweden.

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