ANCIENT VIKING LUNAR PENDANT C.900-1000 AD
Gilt bronze. 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. This example is about 1”. The body is a medially ribbed crescent (Moon) with ball terminals representing Sol the sun and Mani the Moon. It is supported on a column expanded above and below the crescent which is a further celestial reference. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored for contemporary wear.