ANCIENT VIKING HEART PENDANT 9th-11th CENTURY
Gilt bronze. Just under 7/8” width. Iconic heart form with foliate motif. 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. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.