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Viking Bronze Torc w/ Stamped Designs

Northern Europe, Viking / Norse culture, ca. 1000 CE. A handsome, thick bronze torc (torq), in excellent condition, with deep stamped triangular motifs around its exterior. Each triangle has three tiny dot within it, a very common Viking motif whose meaning has been lost to time. The Vikings - groups of people who left Scandinavia to plunder and colonize northern Europe (and who travelled as far afield as northeastern North America and the great kingdoms of the Middle East) - had a distinctive artistic tradition, although many of the metals that they had were acquired through conquest and the bronze for this torc likely was melted down from other bronze objects, perhaps some acquired by looting a monastery or trading in the Mediterranean. Wearable for someone with a small neck. Size: 6.05" W (15.4 cm)

Condition: Very dark patina on surface. In excellent condition with clear form and motifs. Still wearable!

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection

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