Viking Lunar Pendant Necklace, C.900-1000 AD
Just under 3/4” total height. Appears to be hammered from bronze rather than cast, indicating provincial manufacture. Flate faces with lamination or separation of layers to both sides. 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 is professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored, on a modern gilt Sterling silver chain and Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. Unique and charming.