10th-11th century AD. Vikings were highly skilled metallurgists, and as a result, breaking metal had supernatural significance for them. Breaking ringjarn (iron rings) as shown on the Larbro Stone in Gotland Sweden, was thought to destroy the spirits of enemies. Similarly, Viking weapons and accouterments were broken for burial with their owners. This is the end of a fine Viking warrior’s bronze bracelet, ritually broken. It is about 7/8” x 5/8” and hand-decorated with transverse bands over a panel with each quarter divided diagonally, with opposing hatching, forming a central diamond. It has been professionally refurbished with a pure silver overlay and mounted to a Sterling silver neck chain for modern wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.