Round Box Brooch, 700–900 Viking; Made in Gotland, Sweden Copper alloy. A menagerie of tiny animals inhabits the interlace patterns on this round brooch. The four oval compartments on the top show beasts with round eyes, open jaws, claw feet, and intricately entwined bodies. Known as a box brooch because it was used as a container for small objects, it would have been worn by a Viking woman on the island of Gotland to secure her shawl at the collar.

Made in Gotland, Sweden Copper alloy A menagerie of tiny animals inhabits the interlace patterns on this round brooch. The four oval compartments on the top show.

Brooch (gold), Viking / National Museum of Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden

Credit: Brooch (gold), Viking / National Museum of Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden / Ancient Art and Architecture Collection Ltd. / The Bridgeman Art Lib

9th c. copper alloy oval brooch, pair to no 2: single shell construction; cast lattice-work frame decoration, bossed at intersections, containing Style III profile animal interlace; textile impressions on back from casting process; type as Rygh 650. From Bergen, Hordaland, Norway. Registration number: 1857,0713.1

Copper alloy oval brooch, pair to no single shell construction; cast lattice-work frame decoration, bossed at intersections, containing S.

Viking Metal, Viking Art, Viking Knotwork, Viking Jewelry, Ancient Jewelry, Gotland, Anglo Saxon, Les Vikings, Baltic Region

Broa Style Ornament IV  Two s-shaped animals – A type of motif known from several brooches.

Broa Style Ornament IVTwo s-shaped animals – A type of motif known from several brooches. Check out the rest of what makes out the anatomy of the Broa style: The Anatomy of Viking Art: The Broa Style

Gilt copper alloy disc-on-bow brooch base-plate from composite applied disc; side panels with Style III animal interlace and Gripping-Beast motifs decoration; 4 kidney-shaped fields of cast degenerate animal decoration on back.

side with cast knotted interlace decoration; top containing equal-armed bossed cross; between the arms oval fields with Style III animal interlace decoration;

Broa Style Ornament V  A single s-shaped animal – A type of motif known from several brooches.

Broa Style Ornament V A single s-shaped animal – A type of motif known from several brooches.

Excavation of Oseberg Viking age ship discovered in a large burial mound at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg in Vestfold County Norway began in 1903...

Excavation of Oseberg Viking age ship discovered in a large burial mound at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg in Vestfold County Norway began in

Excavation of Oseberg Viking age ship discovered in a large burial mound at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg in Vestfold County Norway began in 1903...

Excavation of Oseberg Viking age ship discovered in a large burial mound at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg in Vestfold County Norway began in

Broa Style Ornament III  Two birds, two quadrupeds and a Gripping Beast divided by framework  – A type of motif known from the Broa mounts.

Broa Style Ornament III Two birds, two quadrupeds and a Gripping Beast divided by framework – A type of motif known from the Broa mounts.

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