Viking Age Oval Brooches

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Emma Groeneveld
by mararie
published on 07 July 2018

Two Viking Age oval brooches - also known as tortoise brooches - which were used in a practical way by women to pin up the straps of their overdresses but were often decorated. They came in pairs - one for each dress strap - and are often found in female graves dating from the Viking Age (c. 790-1100 CE); because they are typically Viking, they can be used as identifying factors. These particular two reside at the Historical Museum in Oslo, Norway.

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