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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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.

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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