NORTHERN EUROPEAN CONVERT’S CROSS NECKLACE, 9th-10th CENTURY
The emergence from the Dark Ages is embodied in the rise to power of the Frankish King, Charlemagne in 768 (founder of the Holy Roman Empire after 800) followed by conquering southern Europe from France to Italy and much of Northern Europe. The condition for peace was acceptance of Christianity, under penalty of death. Conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore small crosses to affirm their Christianity. This example is over 1” in height with a centered cross beam and a block at the junction with a ghostly figure on each side. The bulbous beam terminals have small nub ends. Quite smooth glossy surface throughout. Professionally refurbished with 24karat gold overlay restored on a gilt neck chain for modern wear.