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Finno-Ugric / Proto Viking White Bronze Fitting

Northern Europe / Central Asia, Finno-Ugric (proto-Viking) culture, ca. 8th to 9th century CE. An interesting white bronze (copper alloy with a high percentage of tin) fitting or pendant, with a relief image of a highly abstract woman's face set into an ovoid border, open at either side. A loop extends vertically from the back of the piece. The Finno-Ugric people lived in west central Siberia, from modern day Perm north to the Arctic Sea. They freely took artistic influence from those who came before them, like the Scytho-Siberians, and from colonists from the west, like the Vikings, but developed their own clear style that archaeologists know from graves scattered throughout the taiga. Pendants like this one most frequently worn as part of decorated headdresses, sewn on and interspersed with beads, that served as markers of status. Women from this culture are frequently buried with these items. Size: 2.15" W x 1.2" H (5.5 cm x 3 cm)

Condition: Patina on surface, with a few small nicks from the edges and corrosion to the loop. Nicely preserved motifs and a dark silvery-green patina.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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