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
U
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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Viking brooches – round brooches

 

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

In my previous post I showed off trifoil/tri-lobe brooches, and in today’s post I’ll show off some of the round brooches from the Iceland National Museum.

Round Brooches

The first group of round brooches, shown at the top of this page and below are included in a display: “Most of the earliest jewelry is ornamented similarly to that from Viking Age Scandinavia. The most frequent finds are women’s brooches, which were used to fasten the over-tunics at the shoulders.”
The four round brooches below, (in the middle under the trifoil brooches) are just listed as “in the Nordic style” and the display didn’t include locations or dates for the finds. Continue reading

Viking brooches – trifoil

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

An assortment of brooches in the Iceland National Museum.

In a previous post, I showed off some of the tortoise (oval, turtle) brooches from the Iceland National Museum – along with a discussion about different artistic/decorative jewelry styles from the Vikings.  In the next four posts I’m going to look at brooches of different styles.

Tri-lobed/trifoil/trefoil brooches

Authentic tri-lobed brooches at the Iceland National Museum

Authentic tri-lobed brooches at the Iceland National Museum

Trifoil or Tri-lobed brooches are often shown either holding edges of a cloak, shawl, or coat together, or when used with a C-wrapped apron-dress, holding edges of the apron dress together. Continue reading

Up close – Vikings in BC

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum - close up of the ornate pin and the festoon

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum – close up of the ornate pin and the festoon

In my previous post, I showed off some of the displays which included needle cases from the museums I visited in Iceland, as well as the Viking display from the Swedish Museum in Victoria, BC. Since I have a few additional photos from those displays, I thought I’d share them here.

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum. This display included a skull with filed teeth, a large pin, a festoon, an ornate pin, whetstone, needle case, and purse.

Viking personal adornment display at the Royal BC Museum. This display included a skull with filed teeth, a large pin, a festoon, an ornate pin, whetstone, needle case, and purse.

The “personal adornment” display I showed in my previous post, and it includes a number of things beyond the needle case.  Pictured above is the festoon and ornate brooch.

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