Kalevala

Metsäpirtti Ring

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Hired by Kalevala Koru as a designer in 1956, the first design commission of Börje Rajalin was to search the collections of the National Museum for a model of a golden bracelet. Rajalin selected the Viking-age golden hoop found in the village of Metsäpirtti in Karelia. In addition to the bracelet, Rajalin also designed a ring that remains one of the oldest pieces of jewelry in our current collection. The golden Metsäpirtti ring is a true Kalevala Originals classic, suited for women and men.

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Weight: 0.007 kg
Article number: 1406590150
Material: Gold
Weight: 0.007 kg
Article number: 1406590150
Material: Gold
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Metsäpirtti

The prototype for this design is a golden bracelet that may have been used as currency. A piece of gold could be snipped off the bracelet and offered as payment. The bracelet may possibly also have been a sacrificial gift or a keepsake. According to ancient monastic tradition, the bracelet once belonged to a Viking chieftain. Legend has it that the chieftain survived a shipwreck and sacrificed a golden bracelet as a token of his gratitude. The chieftain is said to have left his bracelet on the site where he first encountered dry land. Mere folktale or not? Nearly a thousand years later, the bracelet was nevertheless found by a lake in Metsäpirtti. The bracelet is the sole finding of gold in Finland dating from the Viking era (800-1050 AD).

Metsäpirtti

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