This Oseberg Viking Animal brass pin is one of a kind. I etched it in a homemade solution, oxidized it in my kitchen, then polished it up.
The dimensions are 6” in length and 2” at the widest part. The two pin backs and clasps are made of solid nickel and securely affixed to the pin.
This etched pin is based on a Viking era wood carving included in the burial of two wealthy Viking women. The burial site included a ship called the Oseberg ship. The burial site was discovered in 1904 outside Tønsberg in Vestfold, and the ship and the accoutrements, including the carved animals heads, are currently in a museum in Oslo, Norway.
The following information about the carved animal heads is quoted from the website for the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo (https://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/exhibitions/oseberg/five-exquisite-animal-heads/index.html):
"Four animal heads were found in the burial chamber, and one on the forward deck.
"They were bound with rope that ran through the mouth of one of the animal heads like a rein. Even for an experienced woodcarver making the animal heads must have been very difficult and time-consuming. The woodcarver has gone out into the forest and chosen a naturally curved piece of wood from the lower part of the trunk of a suitable hardwood tree. First he shaped it and then started to carve it. The animal heads appear to have been made by different woodcarvers. None of them are alike, and two of them are also adorned with silver rivets.
"What have the animal heads been used for
"We do not know for certain what the animal heads have been used for. At the base of the neck there was an approximately 50 cm long handle, which could be used to fix them to the outside walls of a house, or to a throne or something completely different."