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Trio of Rare Proto-Viking White Bronze Mirror Pendants

Eastern Europe, Russia, proto-Viking / Viking / Kievan Rus culture, ca. 500 to 1000 CE. Three round, cast white bronze (a copper alloy with a high percentage of tin) mirror pendants of similar form, with one side shiny and undecorated, the other with abstract relief decoration of concentric circles and lines, and a diminutive raised handle in the center. Each handle is pierced for attachment or suspension, suggesting that these were carried on a belt or worn in some other way. Aside from the placement of the handle, these are very similar in form to the flat, one-sided bracteate medals of the Migration Period. Mirrors are relatively rare finds from this culture, but are often linked to both women's burials and royalty. Size of largest: 2.8" W (7.1 cm)

Condition: Smooth patina on surfaces of all. Slight casting flaws.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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