VIKING GILT BRONZE BEAD, 9th-10th CENTURY
Cast, as addorsed truncated cones, originally gilt with the gold now restored. ¾” length. 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.