9th-11th century AD. Very skillfully forged and of ingenious construction. Just under 4” height, made in three pieces. The body, shaped in flat form, was pierced through with a ring which became the suspension and the clapper mount. The clapper was then attached and the flat, shaped into the bell around it with two side seams. Excellent preservation for the period with the clapper intact. Vikings alternated raiding with agriculture. Livestock was raised for the table, hides, and wool. Bells such as this enabled a sheep or goat which had been lost or entangled, to be located by its owner.
Stock Number: A5851

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