Viking Heart Pendant, 9th-10th Century
Particularly large example, just over 1" height, of early elongated form with quartered nubs. Rounded section with plain field. Made by the open mold process. Professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored on a Sterling silver neck chain. Jewelry gift boxed with certificate of authenticity. For Vikings, the heart stood for bravery, fortitude, loyalty, and integrity, all attributes of the Viking warrior. It is said Hrungnir, with whom Thor dueled (assisted by a sorceress) had a heart of stone.