VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH NECKLACE, 11TH-12TH CENTURY AD
Gilt bronze. Just under 1" diameter. Circular seven concentric circle motifs on the hatched ground. Hand engraved and retaining its crisp detail. Tapered cross pin. When fastened to 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 24karat gold overlay restored and suspended from a gilt neck chain for modern wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.