Large Trefoil Brooch With Gripping Beasts


    • Description

      I have copied this large trefoil from an amazing brooch found in Norway, covered in an interlocking scrummage of gripping beasts.

      The trefoil brooch, worn by Viking women to close a cloak or shawl, has a fascinating history. It began as a sword-belt fitting plundered from the Franks. The Vikings added pins to these tri-lobed shapes and gave them to their women. But the unusual shape caught on, and the Viking craftsmen began to make their own trefoil brooches with their own very individual Viking art style.

      This is where the gripping beasts come in. Spirited, humourous animals gripping themselves or other things around them - they are a fascinating and exhuberant expression of the Viking Age. They survived for a century and a half, from the 9th - 10th centuries, carved in many different forms by Viking craftsmen. Yet, for all that, their meaning remains a mystery.

      Yet who could deny that they stand as witness to the viking sense of humour?

      Longest measurement 73mm 

      Weight for Sterling Silver 68g (Weight may vary from piece to piece) 



      Customer Reviews

      Based on 2 reviews
      Julia Vasileva
      Great work!!!

      Very beautiful and quality piece as always!!! Great viking shop, great team of lovely people and great service - this is my favorite place to buy a viking jellery!!! Here the quality is the best!!! I have the bronze version on this beautiful brooch, and I love it very much!!!! This is real masterpiece of the viking art today!!!

      Thank you so much Julia!

      Brett Ruscoe
      Silver delight

      Purchased this peice recently in silver, again another beautifull piece and much loved and appreciated, great work, will purchase more from this site, keep up the good work,blessings, brett n.z

      Thank you so much Brett

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