VIKING LUNAR AMULET NECKLACE, 9th-10th CENTURY JEWELRY
As expert navigators, Vikings studied, recorded, and could predict celestial activity. They attributed supernatural qualities and personas to the heavenly bodies. Among the most important was the sun which they personified as Sol and the moon personified as Mani. In Norse mythology, the world will end when wrags (the children of Fenrir the wolf monster son of Loki) devour the sun. They believed that a solar eclipse is an attempt by the wrags to devour the sun. As such, it must have been a terrifying experience. This amulet symbolizes that event. It is just over ¾” high, silvered bronze. Professionally refurbished with a silver overlay and mounted on a modern Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear.