Barra Viking Women's Oval Brooches
Note: This item is sold per pair.
The original pair of brooches were found in 1862, in a grave at Ardvonrig, on the Isle of Barra, in the Hebrides Islands. It has been dated to circa 800 C. E. It is interesting that the grave contained a sword, leading the Victorians to assume the person buried in the grave was male. Modern archaeology has since found other instances of swords, spears, and shields buried in female graves. The "gripping animals" motif was a common one for this time period.
Our reproduction is etched in brass, with a stainless steel pin in back