I think that I’m nearing the last few posts about my trip to Iceland and the various museum exhibits I saw there – for today’s post about the Iceland National Museum in Reykjavik I’m going to re-visit a display of grave goods from a Viking Age woman’s grave.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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