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 a particularly complex representation of the celestial sky with large bulbous top on a column which pierced the ball tipped crescent moon and stops atop an undulating segment with triple ball terminal. That is thought to represent the Northern Lights or aurora, visible in high latitude regions where much of Viking exploration took place. Large example, just under 1 1/2”. Complex form with ball tipped crescent representing the sun and moon, Sol and Mani and connecting cusp with triple spheres cluster. Excellent preservation. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored for contemporary wear.

Stock Number: FNS8859

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