Slightly under 1” width, made by the open face mold method with broad border with scrolling terminals and central trefoil motif, unusually with each “leaf” comprised of three. The foliate trefoil was a very popular motif for Viking hearts. The form of the heart is natural as in the body rather than stylized with the top cusp. Both forms are used profusely in Nordic literature. The heart stood for bravery, fortitude, loyalty, integrity, all attributes of the Viking warrior. It is abundantly referenced in Viking literature. Light surface texture from burial. Rare form. Professionally refurbished with the gold restored for contemporary wear.