Gilt bronze. 10th-11th century. 1” height. Iconic form with raised border defining the classic cusped heart form. Nubbed bottom. The field with elaborate trefoil foliate design. Foliate designs were favored by Vikings and incorporated into about half of heart pendants. The heart symbol embodied the very Viking spirit. This example, made by the open face mold technique with high uniform relief modeling. Professionally refurbished with the heavy gold overlay restored. Gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.