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Greek Bee Fibula, 4th century BC  The bee, found in the artifacts of Ancient Near East and Aegean cultures, was believed to be the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld.

Greek Bee Fibula, 4th century BC The bee, found in the artifacts of Ancient Near East and Aegean cultures, was believed to be the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld.

The hilts of Viking swords were of various shapes and were made of bone, antler or precious metals such as gold and silver. The sword was an expensive weapon and therefore much effort was put into decorating its handle. The pommel, which acted as a counterweight to the blade, could display inlays of precious metals or intricate patterns. The blade itself often had “blood grooves” running along its middle. making the sword lighter.The Rosenlund sword. The fine silver decoration is still…

The hilts of Viking swords were of various shapes and were made of bone, antler or precious metals such as gold and silver. The sword was an expensive weapon and therefore much effort was put into decorating its handle. The pommel, which acted as a counterweight to the blade, could display inlays of precious metals or intricate patterns. The blade itself often had “blood grooves” running along its middle. making the sword lighter.The Rosenlund sword. The fine silver decoration is still…

Estonian Pennanular brooch, repllica 12th to 13th century from Shenkenberg.ee sterling silver

Estonian Pennanular brooch, repllica 12th to 13th century from Shenkenberg.ee sterling silver

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Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at https://www.etsy.com/listing/121209046/penannular-brooch-shawl-pin-triskele

Penannular Brooch, Shawl Pin, Triskele, Celtic Knot

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at https://www.etsy.com/listing/121209046/penannular-brooch-shawl-pin-triskele

DATE: Late 1st Century BC – First Half of the 1st Century AD.  DIMENSIONS:  5.5 cm long (2.2 inches), max width 2.5 cm (1 in.)  DESCRIPTION: Roman bronze fibula of the “Kraftig-profilierte” type. The long bow has a stepped circular boss at mid-point.

DATE: Late 1st Century BC – First Half of the 1st Century AD. DIMENSIONS: 5.5 cm long (2.2 inches), max width 2.5 cm (1 in.) DESCRIPTION: Roman bronze fibula of the “Kraftig-profilierte” type. The long bow has a stepped circular boss at mid-point.

Penannular Brooch  Pins of this kind developed from Roman models and were fashionable as cloak fasteners from the 4th through the 10th centuries in the British Isles.  6th-7th century (Early Medieval)

Penannular Brooch Pins of this kind developed from Roman models and were fashionable as cloak fasteners from the 4th through the 10th centuries in the British Isles. 6th-7th century (Early Medieval)

Bronze brooche from the Celtic hillfort at Horné Orešany (late 5th / early 4th c. BC) (after Pieta 2010; see also Megaw 2012)

Bronze brooche from the Celtic hillfort at Horné Orešany (late 5th / early 4th c. BC) (after Pieta 2010; see also Megaw 2012)

Dragonesque Brooch  Roman Britain, 1st or 2nd century AD  The ‘dragonesque’ form of this brooch is typically Romano-British: first appearing after the start of the Roman conquest of southern England in AD 43, but embodying native artistic taste.  Dragonesque brooches were not only decorative objects, but also functional fasteners - a strongly-curved pin (missing on this example) would have held a thick fold of cloth.  (Source: The British Musuem)

Dragonesque Brooch Roman Britain, 1st or 2nd century AD The ‘dragonesque’ form of this brooch is typically Romano-British: first appearing after the start of the Roman conquest of southern England in AD 43, but embodying native artistic taste. Dragonesque brooches were not only decorative objects, but also functional fasteners - a strongly-curved pin (missing on this example) would have held a thick fold of cloth. (Source: The British Musuem)