Bracteate Pendant

Date: 700–800

Geography: Made in Gotland

Culture: Vendel

Medium: Copper alloy, gilt

Dimensions: Overall: 2 5/16 x 3/16 in. (5.9 x 0.4 cm)
without loop: 2 3/16 x 1/16 in. (5.6 x 0.2 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Copper

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.300

Description

Pendants such as these with stamped designs were the most popular kind of jewelry from the 600s through the 900s. Often made from gold, they usually show animals or a mythological scene in the center of an elaborate border. A stylized human head and three open-jawed animal heads are represented here.

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