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The pin in this hair piece is a reproduction of the 10th century pin discovered in the excavations of the Viking settlement of Hedeby in Denmark. It is Scottish made from fine English Pewter in the Borre art style. Its construction makes it versatile, it can be used as a hair pin or a cloak or shawl pin. The head of the dragon presents a hole, through which a chord or thong can be treaded to hold the pin in place if needed.
The Borre style was named for a set of bridle mounts from a ship burial at Borre, Norway. The Borre overlaps with the Oseberg and the Jelling styles, periods specific to the Viking Age. While the gripping beast remains, the sinuous creature of the Oseberg style now boasts a triangular head, a cat-like face with round eyes and protruding ears. This style appears to be purely Norse with no outside influences. It has appeared in Iceland, Russia, England, which shows Viking art existed wherever they went. Borre was prominent from the end of the 9th century to the middle of the 10th.