Gilt bronze. 3/4” width. Iconic heart form with foliate motif. Made by the open face mold technique. Surface textured from burial. Foliate designs were favored by Vikings and incorporated into about half of heart pendants. The heart stood for bravery, fortitude, loyalty, integrity, all attributes of the Viking warrior. It is abundantly referenced in Viking literature. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored for contemporary wear.