Bronze cast, of barrel form, originally gilt with the gold now restored. Beads were valued more than gold to Vikings and the produced them as well as pillaged and ransomed for them. In the 10th century, they went to Indonesia specifically to procure a ransom of their legendary miniature beads. These large beads were made by Vikings and are suitable for modern bead creations. Just under 5/8" wide at the thickest point. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.