Dating and placing my Viking Age bling – pendants

I started looking at my different Viking Age bling with the hopes of updating some of my beaded jewelry to be slightly more period informed. When I was trying to narrow things down… I ended up falling down even more rabbit holes, so decided to take a step back and look at my existing metal jewelry – I started with my brooches, but then realized this post was going to be too long if I included everything, so I broke up the post into a few different sections. This post will be about pendants (that aren’t Thor’s Hammers – that will be another post!).

Key – Denmark

Silver plated Viking bling

Silver plated Viking bling

The key description on Raymond’s Quiet Press site doesn’t indicate what find it was based on, only that it has a lion on it.  However, a further search indicates that the original is at The British Museum, who describes it as:

“Copper alloy key; cast bow a beaded circular frame enclosing profiled animal; short beaded shank with sub-triangular ward; incised linear decoration.
Viking 8thC-9thC
Found/Acquired: Denmark”

In this photo, shown with the other items I bought from Raymond’s Quiet Press at the same time. I chose to have all of these silver-plated for consistency, as well as to better suit my personal aesthetic.

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RAM Vikings – Pins, keys, and rings

Display of pins, rings, and keys from the RAM exhibit

Display of pins, rings, and keys from the RAM exhibit

Today’s post from the Royal Alberta Museum Viking display from Denmark is from a display with a number of trefoil brooches, penannular brooches, pins, rings, and keys. I’m not entirely sure what the common element is between all of these – other than things made of (mostly) bronze, worn as personal adornment.

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Vikings in BC – keys (and brooches part 3)

Beautiful key from Sweden

Beautiful key from Sweden

In my last post you might have noticed a key in among the brooches as part of a larger display. While there are brooches in this post, this really is all about the keys from the Vikings in BC display, which came to Victoria, BC from Sweden. I visited the exhibit in summer 2014, but there have been so many things to blog about, that I still haven’t been able to post everything!

This will be another image-heavy post, so watch-out mobile users!

The key above seems to have been suspended using loop-in-loop chain.

 

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