Terminal for an Open Ring Brooch

Date: ca. 950

Culture: Viking

Medium: Silver, gold, and niello

Dimensions: Overall: 1 15/16 x 1 7/16 x 1 7/16 in., 1.378lb. (5 x 3.7 x 3.6 cm, 625g)

Classification: Metalwork-Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, The Kurt Berliner Foundation Gift, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.140


This intricately designed terminal would have been one of three decorating an enormous open-ring brooch, one of the largest and heaviest known from Viking Europe. It probably owes its fragmentary state to the practice, during and after the Viking period, of breaking silver objects into pieces for use in trade.