Pair of magnific tortoise brooches, replica of a find from Birka, Sweden. Dated on 10th century.
Definitely it's one of the more awesome brooches that are preserved from the Viking Era.
"Each woman wears on either breast a box of iron, silver, copper or gold; the value of the box indicates the wealth of the husband. Each box has a ring from which depends a knife". Ibn Fadlan's Account of the Rus.
It presents several horse-shaped protuberances and interlaced reliefs shaping open works.
They weight approx. 170 g each one and they are hand made of bronze.