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Viking Bronze Enameled Cross

Northern Europe, Viking or Norse culture, ca. 9th to 12th century CE. A cast-bronze cross with an integral suspension loop and expanded circular terminals. Each recessed cavity - on the arms, terminals, and center of both the obverse and reverse sides - displays remnants of the original yellow enameled adornments; the five circular areas are representative of the five wounds Christ suffered during the Crucifixion. This style is often referred to as a “Viking cross,” because they are often found in ancient Viking village sites and burial mounds due to the indigenous peoples’ gradual conversion to Christianity. The bronze surfaces have developed a beautiful verdant green patina with some areas of dark green patina as well. Size: 1.3" W x 1.5" H (3.3 cm x 3.8 cm).

Condition: Minor loss to tip of lower circle. Age-commensurate surface wear, slight bending to overall form, remains of original yellow enamel visible with some areas of brown discoloration, with both verdant and dark green patina throughout. Integral suspension loop as shown.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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