VIKING LUNAR PENDANT NECKLACE, 9th-10th CENTURY
Gilt bronze. As expert navigators, the constellations signified mystery and power to Vikings. Lunar pendants were worn as pectorals as well as suspended from belts, other clothing and horse harnesses. This example is just over 1 1/8” high plus the suspension loop, with a swelled baluster central column superimposed on the crescent moon, with largely expanded terminals representing Sol the sun and Mani the moon. They are connected by two further conjoined crescent with a triple ball cluster at the center, representing a specific astrological event, the meaning now lost. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored for contemporary wear. On a modern gilt neck chain, gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.