Viking Navigators Pendant C.900-1050 Ad - Product
Viking Navigators Pendant C.900-1050 Ad - Product
Viking Navigators Pendant C.900-1050 Ad - Product

VIKING NAVIGATOR'S PENDANT C.900-1050 AD

JNS786

Regular price $180.00 Sale

Gilt bronze. About 5/8" width, of full rounded crescent moon form. Bronze, originally gilt, professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored. As expert navigators, the constellations signified mystery and power to Vikings. Lunar (Moon) pendants were worn as pectorals as well as suspended from belts, other clothing and horse harnesses. Typically, they were flat. This example represents the Moon in a full three dimensional form, perhaps alluding to its changing phases. They also included abstract references to Sol the Sun and Mani the Moon, usually ball terminals to the crescent, absent here which could be an indication of Christian influence as there was considerable interface with Christians. Vikings occupied England with Christians, marginally outnumbering them. As well, a substantial part of their raiding harvest was Christian slaves, some of which were sold in Africa and the East, and many of which were kept as slaves by Vikings.