Six Viking bronze weights 6

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Lot 313
Six Viking bronze weights
6

Sold for £ 1,800 (US$ 2,263) inc. premium

Antiquities

15 Oct 2008, 10:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Six Viking bronze weights
Circa 9th-11th Centuries A.D.
Graduating in size, of polygonal form, each face incised with punched circles, the largest marked with six circles on each side, two marked with four circles, one with three, and two with two, 7mm-11mm, 1.2g-3.7g (6)

Saleroom notices

  • Provenance: These weights were found by the present owner in Lincolnshire between 1996-1998. They have been reported to the Lincoln Museum. Each weight is different, ranging from 1.2g, 1.8g, 2.1g, 2.6g, 3.1g and 3.7g. Literature: It has been suggested that these types of weights may have been made in Ireland. It is also thought that the fifth dot placed outside the square sections on the weights marked with four dots, could be linked to a Viking superstition with the number 5: Cf. E. Kramer, I. Stoumann & A. Greg (ed.), 'Kings of the North Sea, AD 250-850', exhibition catalogue, (Newcastle upon Tyne 2000), p. 145, no. 28
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