VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH 850-1000 AD
Gilt bronze, 1 1/4" diameter. Circular with relief figural motif within beaded borders. Surface textured from burial. Worn in numbers on the surface of the jerkin, these small metal brooches provided a measure of protection against sword cuts and in fact, were a form of armor. See current Public Television programming for documentation of these in action. As protectors, they also held spiritual significance for the warrior. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored.