Superb Viking Lunar Pendant Necklace, 9th-10th Century
Slightly under 1 1/4" height (1.18") including the suspension loop. Bronze, cast, and chased in minute detail as the crescent moon with baluster tips representing Sol the sun and Mani the moon, the base formed as ADdorsed crescents with the terminals meeting in the center forming a trefoil. The combination undoubtedly representing an astronomical event with supernatural significance. Double line borders flanking beaded infill. Above, a cone with a central nub, perhaps an anatomical reference. The base with a beaded ring supporting five triangles of nub clusters, detailed front, and back. Viking worship involved the heavenly bodies on which they relied for guidance when sailing. Fine quality. Excellent condition with the 24karat gold overlay restored and mounted on a modern gilt neck chain for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. $9.95 shipping. 5 day return policy.