Animal head brooch - ROM2010_11707_51


Animal head brooch

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Gotland, Sweden
Date: c. 800-900 AD
Period: Mediaeval, Viking period
2.6 x 5.5 x 4.1 cm
Object number: 918.46.4
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium
DescriptionFrom 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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