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Brooch (front)

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from Clibberswick, Unst, Shetland

Brooch (front)
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This brass oval brooch was found with its pair and a bronze trefoil brooch in a Norse woman's grave at Clibberswick on Unst in Shetland, together with some glass beads and a plain silver bracelet which are now lost. The burial dates from between 850 and 900.

The brooch is a type made in the 8th and 9th centuries in Scandinavia. It is worn, and was presumably brought from Scandinavia as a personal possession.

Viking women, especially those coming from a Norwegian home or background, were buried with a wide array of goods. These often included personal ornaments, especially the distinctive oval brooches, tools and household equipment.

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