Viking Lunar Pendant, 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 under 1" width with well-formed crescent with expanded terminals representing Sol the sun and Mani the moon. The center is downward peaked. Thus it is actually two crescents within the larger third crescent. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored for contemporary wear.