VIKING PROTECTIVE BROOCH PENDANT 10th CENTURY
Circular bronze, just under 7/8” diameter with a cylindrical center, and rounded faces meeting as an outer ridge. The surface with light texture from burial. Professionally conserved and the gold surface restored. On a modern black leather neck cord with gilt chain closure, gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. 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. Jewelry gift boxed.