VIKING GILT HEART AMULET C.900-1050 AD
0.85 inches wide. The heart had special meaning for Vikings. It was a male symbol for bravery, fortitude, loyalty, integrity, all attributes of the warrior. Warriors wore hearts as brooches, pendants and pectorals often in significant multiples. It is said that Hrungnir, with whom Thor dueled (assisted by a sorceress), had a heart of stone. This example depicts a central foliate sprig with a nubbed border. Charming wistful crack to the center. Professionally refurbished with a suspension ring and the gold overlay restored.