FINE VIKING LUNAR PENDANT C.900-1000 AD
Gilt bronze. As expert navigators, the constellations signified mystery and power to Vikings. The Moon was personified as Mani, brother to Sol the Sun, and is abundantly represented in Norse literature. Lunar pendants were worn as pectorals as well as suspended from belts, other clothing and horse harnesses. This example, is 1 1/8” high and fashioned as a column with three ball cluster to the shaft and crescent with ball terminals and ball supports, all astronomical references the specifics of which are now lost. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored, for contemporary wear.