Fascinating and speculative example. Over 5/8” height plus the suspension loop. Of iconic form with cusped top and rounded edges. The central motif is of addorsed scrolls of the type used to represent the lituus, the divination staff of Roman sorcerers, known as augurs, who divined the future by studying the flight of birds in a defined area, much like reading tea leaves. As with many pagan rituals and beliefs, this one survived the fall of Rome and spread of Christianity. Its presence here is probably due to a clan or village of Vikings having been influenced by Roman pagan religion, perhaps through marriage and preserved by heredity. The heart is professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored and suspended from a modern gilt Sterling silver neck chain. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.