Rare Viking ‘Embedded Brooch’ Weight
Lead, Copper alloy, 75 grams, 41.11 mm. Circa 9th-11th century AD.
An elliptical Anglo-Scandinavian lead weight into the upper surface of which has been impressed an Anglo-Saxon ansate brooch of 8th century date. The brooch features pierced trilobite terminals and a central panel with an incised cross motif. There are traces of ferrous deposits on the weight, from the brooch’s iron pin. The brooch may have been taken as plunder and re-used as a decorative panel, or the weight may have been produced in the Danelaw.
Reference: cf. ansate brooches in West. S, , East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998, fig.98.
Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Extremely fine condition.