Bracteate Pendant

Date: 700–800

Geography: Made in Gotland

Culture: Vendel

Medium: Copper alloy, gilt

Dimensions: Overall: 2 5/16 x 3/16 in. (5.9 x 0.4 cm)
without loop: 2 3/16 x 1/16 in. (5.6 x 0.2 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Copper

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.300


Pendants such as these with stamped designs were the most popular kind of jewelry from the 600s through the 900s. Often made from gold, they usually show animals or a mythological scene in the center of an elaborate border. A stylized human head and three open-jawed animal heads are represented here.