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Scandinavian Migration Period Gold Bracteates

Nancy L. Wicker

in Medieval Studies

ISBN: 9780195396584
Published online December 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0107
Scandinavian Migration Period Gold Bracteates

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Scandinavian bracteates of the Migration Period (5th and 6th centuries ce) are small disks (usually 1.5–3cm in diameter) equipped with loops for suspension as pendants. Wear patterns on the loops show that they were worn around the neck. Around one thousand of these objects have been discovered, mostly in southern Scandinavia but also spread across Europe from England to Hungary. They have been discovered in hoards, graves, and stray finds, and they date to approximately 450–550 ce. The imagery, which is stamped in the central area from one side, usually depicts male figures and stylized animals. These images have been considered important for understanding the iconography of pre-Christian Scandinavia, and runic inscriptions such as “I give luck” on bracteates suggest that they were used as amulets. Bracteate research has been important for scholars of archaeology, art history, the history of religions, philology, linguistics, and runology. Twelfth-century silver German coins made by a one-sided bracteate technique are not considered in this bibliography.

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy ; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400) ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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