FINE VIKING COMPOUND BEAD, C.950-1050 AD
A major element from a large and complex aegis form necklace/pectoral display, examples of which are illustrated on the internet. One-piece bronze, over 1 5/8” length and about ¼” diameter, formed as three elongated barrel-shaped beads flanked by reeded segments. Those shapes would have been incorporated in other parts of the necklace as individual beads, interspersed with amulets. Professionally refurbished with the silver surface restored. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.