Early medieval Gold Viking Age / Anglo-Saxons Miniature Golden Bucket

Early medieval Gold Viking Age / Anglo-Saxons Miniature Golden Bucket
600 - 1100 AD - Europe

Early Medieval Northern Europe Viking / Norse, ca. 6th to 11th century CE. A fascinating object, a miniature 24 karat gold basket (or bucket, or situla) with fine granulation.

Weight: 1,8 g. Size: 1.8 x 1.5 cm.

Condition: Very good original condition, Check actual photos to have your own opinion.

Lot ID: 83-98

There are filigree on the top of the body and filigree imitation on the bottom. Granulated gold items were the ultimate symbol of wealth and status in northern and western Europe at this time.

Like many objects from this time period, it is difficult to place this into a specific culture because there was so much movement of goods between different groups. For example, almost identical gold items have been found in the Hoen hoard, Norway's largest find of Viking gold, but the hoard contained items from the Franks, Romans, Byzantines, Anglo-Saxons, and the Arabic world. Bronze examples of these miniature situlae have been found in hoards in Vimose bog, Denmark, and Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Researchers have theorized that they represent large wooden buckets used in the world of the Franks, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings to hold mead or ale. Those buckets were used to replenish individual drinks during feasts. These small pendants were probably symbolic of that activity, representing endless abundance.

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Lot details
Early medieval
Viking Age / Anglo-Saxons Miniature Golden Bucket
Century/ Timeframe
600 - 1100 AD
Good Condition, See Photo
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