This small brooch features a bird depicted in the Mammen style. This style of brooch appears to have been produced in the Danelaw but, generally, Mammen-style decoration is rare in Britain. This brooch from Linwood, Lincolnshire, is paralleled by examples from West Stow Heath, Suffolk, and Bergh Apton, Norfolk, but further examples from Cambridgeshire and East Anglia were found in 2015 and 2016. It is a type which has Carolingian-inspired shapes and Scandinavian decoration. Such brooches were an accessory for women who wore Scandinavian dress.
For more information on Scandinavian jewellery in England check out our blog: Brooches, Pendants and Pins: Scandinavian Dress Accessories in England.
- circa 950 — 1000
- Viking Objects
- Private Ownership
- brooch, copper_alloy, Danelaw, jewellery, Lincolnshire, Mammen, Portable_Antiquities_Scheme, Scandinavian, Viking, women
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Jane F. Kershaw, Viking Identities: Scandinavian jewellery in England. Oxford University Press (2013), pp. 20-25, 116-18.