Viking Jewelry and Accessories

Gummersmark Bracteate


The original of this bracteate was found at Gummersmark, Sjælland, Denmark. It was, like most bracteates, made of gold foil. There are runes on the pendant, but they remain undeciphered. The figure appears to be wearing a torque, but not around his neck; it appears to be attached to a neck collar or chain, and hangs down on the figure's chest. There are a few other examples of a torque worn this way among the Norse and early Anglo-Saxons. Torques appear to be associated with kingship and/or authority figures, generally male.


Our reproduction is approximately 1-1/8 inches in diameter and etched in brass, with a top loop for suspension.

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