Silvered bronze, over 7/8” in height depicting a heart in natural (uncusped) form in a radiant aura. That form, the Sacratissimum Cor Iesu, or Sacred Heart of Jesus evolved in the 11th century with the return of crusaders from the Holy Land. It was popularized by, among others, St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) and represented the wounds of Jesus and those of the Crusaders who fought and died for Jesus. It popularized a humanistic, loving and forgiving aspect of Jesus’s nature. This pendant celebrates the Scared Heart in that period, and was likely worn by a Crusader. It is professionally refurbished with the silver surface restored on a polished leather neck cord for modern wear.