RARE VIKING WARRIOR’S BRACELET PENDANT NECKLACE, 10th-11th CENTURY AD
Vikings were highly skilled metallurgists, and as a result, breaking metal had supernatural significance for them. Breaking ringjarn (iron rings) as shown on the Larbro Stone, was thought to destroy the spirits of enemies. Similarly, Viking weapons and accouterments were broken for burial with their owners. This is the broken end of a fine Viking warrior's bronze bracelet. It is about 1 3/8”, of tapered form. It is hand-decorated with two borders, each of roped or spiral form, a favorite motif. They enclose a cluster of nubs and a single separated. These are astrological symbols referencing a cosmic configuration, probably as used in navigation and with spiritual significance as well. The decoration was done by a Viking craftsman, 1000 years ago! It has been professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored and mounted to a Sterling silver neck chain for modern wear. It comes with certification of authenticity, and gift boxed.