Copper-alloy, 120 grams; maximum brooch diameter, 66.55 mm; pin length, 154.73 mm; complete set including chain, 600 mm. Circa late 10th - early 11th century.
A stunning and very rare set of Viking brooches with complete box chain decoration. Twisted wire penannular brooches with around 90% of the thick and heavy gold plating remaining. Totally complete and intact with chains, rarely found due to the delicate make-up of each link and corrosive soil conditions.
Ref. Similar to: Luistari II, page 113, Fig.34. Luistari I, page 384, ref; G56; A History of Weapons and Ornaments, page 292, plate 60; British Museum Guide to Anglo-Saxon Antiquities 1923, R. A. Smith, page 166, plate XVII. Extremely Fine Condition. A stunning and rare piece of Viking jewellery in stunning original condition.
Read about the Luistari excavation and finds in these books (see below and to the right).
Luistari site is the largest Iron Age burial ground in Finland. There has been a place of residence already in the Bronze Age, but the remains have been destroyed later when the burial ground was built.
Archaeologists have investigated over 1300 adults and children graves from the Luistari site. Based on excavations burials were made between years 500 AD-1200 AD. Archaeologists have found several remains of clothing, jewellery and weapons from the ground. For example the ancient garb of Eura was made based entirely on finds made at a Viking Age gravesite at Luistari.
The Luistari site is now a restored archaeological park. There are no remarkable remains left of the burial ground, but information signs describe the site and excavations.
A YouTube movie of the place see:
Eura-dress is reconstruction based on Luistari tomb No. 56 (Western Finland) discoveries, including a string of pearls and coins. The coins in that tomb are mostly Arab, but there is also some germanic coins. The youngest coin is minted 1018-24.
The fourth stirrup strap mount is a British find and a rare type in the (Anglo-Scandinavian) Urnes style with entwined beasts, measuring 45 mm x 38 mm