Replica of Viking tortoise brooches in silver, from Birka, grave 214 (Die Gräber, Holger Arbman)
Tortoise brooches (also called oval brooches or turtle brooches) are one of the most typical kind of Viking female jewelry. They usually were worn in pairs on women breast and their purpose is to hold up the apron dress. Archaeological excavations show that chains or strands of glass, ceramic or silver beads were hanging between two brooches. Accessories like knives, scissors, keys, needle cases attached to ring and chain were also hanging on one of the brooches.
Weight of one brooch : approx. 60 g
Size : approx. 8 cm x 5,5cm
Sold in pairs.