This jewel is made after a 10th century original excavated in grave 581 in Birka. They were worn on the hat. Hats like this were especially popular among Swedish and Russian Vikings.
This jewel is made of pewter and it can easily be sewn to the hat. It measures 4,5 x 2,4 cm.
During the 8th to 10th century Birka was one of the most important trade centres in Northern Europe. It's favourable location (near modern day Stockholm) was ideal for trade with Norway, Denmark and the Baltic sea regions like Novgorod and even Byzantium. Archaeological excavations revealed more than 3000 Viking burials. The place was famous for it's Rusvik (Russian Viking) culture. Birka was also the place where the ting was hold.
Length: 4.5 cm
Width: 2.4 cm;
Based on a historic original: yes;
Transport weight (gram): 50 *