BL 3. Gilt Viking Drum Brooch ca. 9th-10th Cent. AD
An exceedingly rare Viking treasure made of gilt bronze and decorated in the Scandinavian Borre Art Style. Most often associated with the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. This hollow cast drum shaped brooch has a central disc, the outer sidewall and panels have regularly spaced knotwork. Four rectangular dividing panels also display knotwork. The upper face has cruciform bands, each with a knotted serpent motif, the quadrants filled with a knot and a facing male mask to each angle. Separate base plate has basketwork design with intact hinge pin and catch plate. These were status symbols for wealthy women and were used to pin a Hangerok Dress or shawl at the shoulders, possibly worn in pairs like the “Turtle” Brooches. Provenance of a long time British collection, previous to that, it was purchased on the German art market.