Galloway hoard - Swaddled in cloth or leather and packed with other valuables in a decorated vessel, this Anglo-Saxon brooch was clearly prized by its Viking owner, who “took just the greatest care of it,” says archaeologist Olwyn Owens.
Shield mount, cast, parcel-gilt copper alloy, in the form of an aquatic creature. The surface is gilded and has a thin overlay of silver sheet in three places, attached by soldering. Mineralised remains of wood and leather from the shield board on the und
The Nordendorf fibula (seventh century AD.) Marked logaþorewodanwigiþonar suggestive names of gods Wotan (chief god of the Alamanni) and Donar (god of thunder), which evokes a charm protective here associated with the fibula.
Curved gold dummy buckle or clasp of elongated triangular form. The loop is decorated with cloisonné garnet work, comprising one band of a running step-pattern, and one of plain rectangular and keystone cells. The buckle has a cut-away dummy tongue. Below the loop and 'tongue' are two prominent plain gold circular bosses qith beaded wire collars, each set with a circular cabochon garnet. These conceal rivets which connect with a back-plate of plain beaten gold. At the toe of the buckle is a…