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VIKING LUNAR PENDANT NECKLACE, LATE 11th CENTURY - Picardi Jewelry
VIKING LUNAR PENDANT NECKLACE, LATE 11th CENTURY - Picardi Jewelry
VIKING LUNAR PENDANT NECKLACE, LATE 11th CENTURY - Picardi Jewelry
VIKING LUNAR PENDANT NECKLACE, LATE 11th CENTURY - Picardi Jewelry

VIKING LUNAR PENDANT NECKLACE, LATE 11th CENTURY

B9825

Regular price $255.00 Sale

Late 11th century, this amulet combines a Viking icon, the moon, with the Christian cross.  In the 11th century, Christianity made footholds in Danelaw England, ruled by Vikings. A number of Abbys were built and Christians coexisted with the Pagan Vikings. Eventually, most Vikings were converted, and by the First Crusade, (1096) they served valiantly in defense of Christianity. This amulet is from the period of transition, incorporating elements of paganism with the cross in its specific Crusader’s form with “crutches” to the beam terminals. See https://www.pinterest.com/pin/659495939170074252/ for another example. It is just under 1” in width (0.96”) with  crescent tips, traditionally emphasized as Sol the sun and Mani the moon, embrace the cross. The cross was a favorite Viking motif, before their conversion and is found in many Viking Pagan representations. Surface textured from burial.  Professionally refurbished with the pure silver overlay restored, on an 18” modern gilt Sterling silver neck chain. Jewelry gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.