Boar's head brooch - ROM2011_12102_12


Boar's head brooch

Medium:Cast bronze, engraved
Geography: Gotland, Sweden
Date: c. 800-900 AD
Period: Mediaeval, Viking period
2.5 x 5.8 x 3.8 cm
Object number: 918.46.3
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. William Allen Sturge
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium

From about AD 400 to 900 waves of nomadic peoples swept across Europe and Byzantium. The Avars settled in Hungary and the northern Balkans. The Goths moved to southern Russia; the Merovingians poured into Belgium and northern Gaul. The Vikings raided Europe and even reached Constantinople. These people dressed in close-fitting garments – their tunics and pants usually belted, the cloak fastened with a brooch or pin. Their jewellery reflected their social status.

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