Viking beads – Vikings in BC

Viking age beads from the Vikings in BC display

Viking age beads from the Vikings in BC display

In my previous post I showed a Norse style festoon I made largely from museum replica Viking Age beads. In this post I’d like to share with you some of the photos I took at the Vikings in BC exhibit this past summer.

The beads above are largely rock crystal faceted beads, with other glass and stone beads.

Viking Age beads from a cremation site.

Viking Age beads from a cremation site.

The beads above and below look a little strange because some of them are partially melted.  They had been included in a cremation, and some of them melted, fused, and became malformed.  It’s been a while since I chatted about the Vikings in BC exhibit, so it’s notable to remind readers that this exhibit didn’t encourage photography, and thus these photos are a lot darker than I’d like.

Viking Age beads from a cremation site.

Viking Age beads from a cremation site.

Although it’s a bit hard to see – there are round ‘pony bead’ shaped pieces, as well as two-round and three-round (double/triple) beads.

VIking age amulets

VIking age amulets

The exhibit also had two more items I’d like to include – a small cat amulet and a small bucket-shaped pendant with a hole at the top for stringing. The cat amulet is especially cute!

To finish off this post I’d like to do a bit of around-up of other Viking age beads from this exhibit as well as exhibits in Iceland to illustrate the vast variety of beads from Viking age Scandinavia finds!

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