ANCIENT VIKING WARRIOR’S HEART RING 850-1000 AD
Gilt bronze. Size 9 3/4. Rounded band supporting raised heart shaped bezel. For Vikings the heart stood for bravery, fortitude, loyalty, integrity, all attributes of the warrior. It is said that Hrungnir, with whom Thor dueled (assisted by a sorceress), had a heart of stone. The warrior’s heart ring defines the very essence of his place in society and the spiritual world. Lightly textured from burial. Professionally conserved and refurbished with the gold overlay restored.