An exceedingly rare & museum-worthy Viking box brooch cast in copper alloy and decorated with tiny beasts, which inhabit the interlace patterns on the top and sides. The top panels show a repeated double-headed creature gripping its own tail. Three of the four intersections on the side show the bearded head of Odin, the god of wisdom, poetry, war, death, divination and magic in Norse mythology.
Women on the Scandinavian island of Gotland wore this type of box brooches to secure their shawls at the collarbone; the brooches doubled as a container to hold small objects.
Viking. Circa 900-1100 A.D.
Provenance: ex private collection (Belgium) ; ex art & antique trade in Belgium
(the precise provenance details will be mentioned on the invoice)
Dimensions: diameter on top 5cm ; diameter on underside 5,5cm ; height 2,8cm
a similar brooch can be found at the MET : https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1982.323.2/
a similar brooch can be found at the BM :
4 500 €