Late 11th century, this gilt amulet combines a Viking icon, the moon, with the Christian cross.  In the 11th century, Christianity made footholds in Danelaw England, ruled by Vikings. A number of Abbys were built and Christians coexisted with the Pagan Vikings. Eventually, most Vikings were converted, and by the First Crusade, (1096) they served valiantly in defense of Christianity. This amulet is from the period of transition, incorporating elements of paganism with the cross in is specific Crusader’s form with “crutches” to the beam terminals. See for another example. It is just under 1” in width with raised edge crescent, the field with triangles a typical Viking motif. The crescent tips, traditionally emphasized as Sol the sun and Mani the moon, embrace the cross. The endurance of old myths incorporated in more enlightened theology is common and present today in the form of superstitions.  Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored, on a modern gilt Sterling silver neck chain. Jewelry gift boxed with certificate of authenticity
Stock Number: B2508

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