|Enameled bronze button from Birka. |
Photograph: Historiska Museet, Stockholm
|Catalog text on the item. Photograph; Historiska Museet, Stockholm.|
I have never seen a picture of such a Viking artifact before. So I'm asking my readers about this Birka find. It's a striking and beautiful design, and I'd like to have a better idea of how it might have been worn. However, based on the information on the Historiska Museet's database page, it appears to have come from the "Black Earth" area, not from one of the graves. That may mean that we know little about it. Is anyone aware of any publications or reports that discuss this item?
EDIT (12/9/2016): At the bottom of the database page I originally linked to, there's a link to this page, which contains the index card image now shown to the right. Note the drawing showing a central shank with a hole in it on the rear.