Gilt bronze. Size 9. Heavy with broad band hatched at the shoulders and heart bezel incised with a triple radial bands. 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 very lightly textured from burial. Professionally conserved and refurbished with the gold overlay restored. Gift boxed with certification of authenticity.