Viking Age moulded jewellery

Horse-head mould and resulting artifact

Horse-head mould and resulting artefact

While I’m busy working on a bunch of different things, I thought I’d take a break from those posts (while waiting to finish them.. ahem) to share some of the remaining photos from the Vikings In BC display from Victoria, BC this past summer.

This was a really cool display – all about moulded items.

Display in Victoria of Swedish artifacts; molds and the items made from them

Display in Victoria of Swedish artefacts; moulds and the items made from them

The mould at the top is made of soapstone, and the museum display speculated that the object made from the mould was a dress pin. The mould was found in Bikra. (SHM 8139-7)

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Dress pin made from the mould

The horse-head shaped item above is a reconstruction, and is referred to as a dress pin. The display stated “Dress-pins of this kind were usually gilded with silver or gold. Made with reference to the casting mould above.”

Mould for making oval brooches

Mould for making oval brooches

Above is a contemporary copy of a casting mould for making oval brooches.

Wax "brooch" moulded from the original mould

Wax “brooch” moulded from the original mould

Above is a contemporary wax casting from the brooch mould.

Resulting molded brooch

Resulting moulded brooch

The pair of oval brooches match the mould, and the display indicates that the brooches feature an early design of the gripping-beast motif. These brooches were found at Ashusby, Norrsunda, Uppland, Sweden (SHM 3560)

 

Casting moulds for pendants

Matrix stamp of soapstone

The last casting mould is from a second display on casting. The display “Bronze casting and silversmithing”. The display said “Bronze caster sand silversmiths made artistic jewellery and objects. The objects were often decorated with motifs in different Scandinavian animal-styles.”

This display included:

  • a casting mould of sandstone for bars from Birka
  • a bar of bronze similar to the kind of result from the bar mould, found in Gotland
  • the matrix stamp of soapstone found in Birka
  •  a bronze ingot found in Birka
  • a casting mould made of burned clay found in Birka
  • a casting mould for a ring-shaped pendant made of soapstone, found in Birka
  • a crucible of ceramic found in Birka, and fragments of a crucible
  • a casting mould for a coin-shaped pendant from Birka made of bronze
  • a casting mould for oval brooches made of clay found in Birka

Read other posts from the Vikings In BC display: Vikings in BC tag

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