RAM Vikings – Bronze jewellery

Bronze jewellery from the RAM exhibit

Bronze jewellery from the RAM exhibit

Along with the turtle brooches, the Danish Viking Exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) there were a number of other jewellery pieces. You can see the turtle brooches here, but today I’ll be showing off some of the other pieces.

Bækkengård set

Two turtle brooches were found along with an equal-armed brooch, a bronze arm-ring with carved decoration, and glass beads. These were found at Bækkengård, Bornholm, Denmark, and is dated 800-850 CE.

Equal-arm brooch on display in Edmonton in 2019 during a touring Viking exhibit from Denmark

Equal-arm brooch on display in Edmonton in 2019 during a touring Viking exhibit from Denmark

The equal-armed brooch seems to have a star type of design on both sides, or what reminded me more of the decoration that sometimes represents wrapped sheaths of wheat.

Ladby Trefoil brooch

gilt trefoil brooch from Denmark on display in the Royal Alberta Museum

gilt trefoil brooch from Denmark on display in the Royal Alberta Museum

This  gilded bronze trefoil brooch was found alongside a pair of bronze turtle brooches at Ladby, Fyn, Denmark. The set is dated 850-950 CE.

Gilt equal-arm brooch

This gilded bronze equal-arm brooch was found along with a pair of bronze turtle brooches at Melsted, Borholm, Denmark. No date was provided.

Equal-arm brooch on display in Edmonton in 2019 during a touring Viking exhibit from Denmark

Equal-arm brooch on display in Edmonton in 2019 during a touring Viking exhibit from Denmark

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