Germanic Funen Bractate (375 CE- 538 CE )

The Germanic Funen bracteate,

This is a Germanic Fuen bractate  that could be from the migration period ( 375-538). Named after the island it was found on, the artifact currently resides in the National Museum of Denmark.  This was the time in which the Western roman Empire faces invasions on multiple fronts. Artifacts provide evidence of which peoples invaded and brought an end to the empire. The bractate is of German origin and Rome through out it history engaged in combat against the Germanic tribes. Bractate were thin medals worn as jewelry. This type of jewelry was exclusive to Northern Europe. The height of its popularity was during the German Iron Age. The themes carved into the jewelry either feature a Germanic ruler or an element of mythology.  The Fuen bractate may depict the god Odin,but scholars may not be entirely sure. The engraving is very detailed with depictions of what appear to be a bird and a horse. This could have multiple meanings but there is not a single consensus among archaeologists.  Bractates could also come in the form of small golden discs that could be sewn into clothing. Bractates also preserve traces of the runic alphabet which was used for writing in numerous Germanic languages. When the Latin alphabet was adopted, it fell out of use.

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