VIKING LUNAR/ASTROLOGICAL PENDANT C.850-1050 AD
Gilt bronze, just under 1” width. As expert navigators, the constellations signified mystery and power to Vikings. The Moon was personified as Mani, brother to Sol the Sun, and is abundantly represented in Norse literature. Lunar pendants were worn as pectorals as well as suspended from belts, other clothing and horse harnesses. This example with a deep furrow inside each edge, an astronomical reference the specifics of which are now lost. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.