Viking Lunar Pendant, 9th-10th Century AD
Gilt bronze just under 1/2” diameter (0.46”). Formed as a broad crescent moon with the tips touching and enclosing a circle. Raised edge and conjoined rings representing Sol the sun and Mani the moon. As expert navigators, the constellations signified mystery and power to Vikings. Lunar pendants were worn as pectorals as well as suspended from belts, other clothing, and horse harnesses. Professionally refurbished with the 24 karat gold overlay restored for contemporary wear. On a modern gilt Sterling silver neck chain, jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.