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Viking / Norse Bronze Neck Torc

Northern Europe, Viking / Norse culture, ca. 1000 CE. A narrowly twisted bronze torc (torq or torque) with a thin, untwisted neckline and untwisted terminals. Size: 7.5" W (19 cm)

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 belt likely was melted down from other bronze objects, perhaps some acquired by looting a monastery or trading in the Mediterranean.

Condition: Age wear with dark green patina; some slight deformation of shape

Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection formed over the period between 1980 and 2000.

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