Viking Heart Pendant C.10th-11th Century AD
Good example just under 3/4" height of iconic form with cusped top. Foliate edges. The field with a trefoil matching. The trefoil (triple leaf) motif was popular with Vikings and believed to represent fertility with sprouting buds. Made by the open face mold technique and the decoration hand-cut or chased. For Vikings, the heart stood for bravery, fortitude, loyalty, integrity, all attributes of the warrior. It is said that Hrungnir, with whom Thor dueled (assisted by a sorceress), had a heart of stone. Professionally refurbished with pure silver overlay restored on a Sterling silver neck chain for modern wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.