VIKING WARRIOR’S HEART RING 850-1000 AD
Gilt bronze. Size 10 1/4. Narrow band tapering supporting raised heart shaped bezel. The top with lined medial flanked by radials and single line to the bottom. For Vikings the heart stood for bravery, fortitude, loyalty, integrity, all attributes of the warrior. It is said that Hrungnir, with whom Thor dueled (assisted by a sorceress), had a heart of stone. The warrior’s heart ring defines the very essence of his place in society and the spiritual world. Surface lightly textured from burial. Professionally conserved and refurbished with the gold overlay restored.