ANCIENT VIKING LUNAR PENDANT NECKLACE, 11th CENTURY AD
Cambridgeshire, England. Silvered 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 over 1” in width. A broad crescent with crescent terminals representing Sol the sun and Mani the moon. The top is a clearly delineated cross indicating the conversion of the owner during the second half of the 11th century. Fundamental form drawing on pagan religion to invoke supernatural guidance in navigating. Professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored on a Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity. Particularly elegant example of this type.