Jonas Lau Markussen

The Kiaby and Roskilde Brooches

Illustration of the bronze cast Urnes style openwork brooches from Roskilde and Kiaby.


The brooch displays a single animal with an extraordinary neck tendril intertwining the body.


Their genesis is at least originally of the same mold (as illustrated here), but the bodies of the animals bear different decorations.


The Kiaby brooch is transversely ribbed and longitudinally incised whereas the Roskilde brooch is decorated with debossed dots.




Kiaby, Skåne, Sweden.
The British Museum


Roskilde, Sjælland, Denmark.
Nationalmuseet (The National Museum of Denmark)

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