VIKING LUNAR PENDANT C.850-1050 AD
Just over 3/4" tall. 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 the crescent moon tips closing together, an astronomical reference the specifics of which are now lost. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored.