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1150-1175 Scotland. Buckle; walrus ivory; upper part, with tongue, turning upon piece of copper wire; front surface: engraved with floral designs upon hatched background. -British Museum

Walrus ivory buckle, Scotland, Upper part with tongue, turning on piece of copper wire; front surface engraved with floral designs on hatched background

Norse era belts were leather, and considerably narrower than belts later came to be. Surviving buckles and strap ends tell us that 2cm (3/4 inch) was about the widest belt commonly used.

Norse era belts were leather, and considerably narrower than belts later came to be. Surviving buckles and strap ends tell us that inch) was about the widest belt commonly used.

Celtic shield, 4th century BC. Discovered in a river near Witham. Originally it depicted a boar made out of leather, riveted to the frontispiece. Unusual for the UK,  it was backed with wood so it could withstand the onslaught of battle, unlike other shields which were more ceremonial. La Tene artwork, with animal & plant like decoration inlayed with red coral, probably from the Mediterranean, unusual for British artifacts, as coral was very rare, & glass tended to be used as a substitute.

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This beautiful shield, dated to the century BC, is where the warrior…

British Museum - The Battersea shield. Iron Age, c. 350–50 BC. Found in the River Thames, London

Family programme for the British Museum special exhibition Celts: art and identity.

Pict with Drinking Horn; This 9th century warrior of the Pictish tribe drinks from an eagle, the ancient symbol of power.  From Invergowrie, Scotland and now in the Museum of Scotland, it is an unusually droll carving, certainly a caricature, perhaps in the category of the Scandinavian insult stones, which were carved as an artistic and bloodless "thumbing of the nose" to a perceived insult.

Pict with Drinking Horn. This century warrior of the Pictish tribe drinks alcohol from an eagle, the ancient symbol of power.

Slate trial piece showing Urnes style animal interlace, from Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland.From the collection of the British Museum, London, England. Urnes Style. This latest and final style of Viking art dates from a little before 1050 until the early part of the twelfth century

Slate trial piece showing Urnes style animal interlace, from Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland.

An incredible belt tip based on a find from Kirkgate, Scotland A design from the 13th century! 1" by 1 1/4" (3 x 2.5 cm) for 1" (2.8 cm) belt.

Belt Tip 12th Century - Y-71

An incredible belt tip based on a find from Kirkgate, Scotland A design from the century! by 1 x cm) for cm) belt.

Copy of gripping beast buckle and plate from Birka, Sweden, 9th-10th century. Strap end designed to match.  €98 (bronze), €255 (silver) from Northan

Copy of gripping beast buckle and plate from Birka, Sweden, century. Strap end designed to match. (bronze), (silver) from Northan

12th cent Belt-buckle found in England; copper alloy; gilt; back plate missing; rectangular with oblong loop and short painted tongue(now bent); plate decorated with raised settings for five crystals: four surviving: two cut en cabochon; between these settings the plate is engraved with stylised half-palmettes; zigzag on hinge. -British Musuem

Belt-buckle found in England; with raised settings for five crystals: 2 cabochon, Engraved with stylized half-palmettes;

|| Anthea Hasler's Benchmark pins from my Bejeweled boards || Jewel encrusted belt buckle found in the Sutton Hoo excavations - site of two 6th- and early 7th-century Anglo-Saxon cemeteries - England

Gold belt buckle found in the Sutton Hoo excavations - site of two and early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries - England. Probably from the burial of King Raedwald. The large belt plate is both hinged and hollow.

Roundel with a Griffin. Date: ca. 1175–1200 Geography: Made in Rhine valley, Germany or England Culture: British or German Medium: Gilded silver inlaid with niello

Roundel with a Griffin. Geography: Made in Rhine valley, Germany or England Culture: British or German Medium: Gilded silver inlaid with niello

Goldmünze der Parisii, um ca. 100-50 v. Chr., Musée Carnavalet, NM 4

Coin of the Parisii tribe of ancient Gaul, 100 to 50 BCE

Ancient Viking bronze brooches.

Various ring brooches of copper alloy or bronze. Nothing Ancient or viking about them - Missy Birgit [[[orig caption:Ancient Viking bronze brooches.

Lady of the Beasts  4th century Viking stone carving from Sweden.   She squats in the birth position as Creator of Life, holding two serpents, a symbol of fertility.

century Viking stone carving from Sweden. God or Doddess but squats in the birth position as Creator of Life, holding two serpents, a symbol of fertility.Cernunnos or a snake witch as interpreted by some, from Sweden.