Late Viking Early Medieval Bronze Symmetrical Pendant Cross AD 900-1100

Material: Bronze artefact

Period: Late Viking early medieval

Date: AD 900 -1100

Origin: Unknown but from a British collection

Condition: Very fine

Description: Cast bronze cross with bulb finial to each arm, loop for suspension, decorated with central plaque, dark patination. 

Size and Weight: 31mm x 23mm, 3.91g

Features and Provenance: Previously a British private collection

As the Vikings turned more towards Christianity their Thor's hammer pendants were replaced by crosses and crucifixes but many would probably 'hedge their bets by wearing both. The crosses were initially basic but were gradually influenced by designs from other cultures. Simple symmetrical crosses with bulbous ends or decorative knops evolved into crucifixes with stylised images of Christ with disproportionately large hands and cranium.

 

 

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Product Code: 21091206
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  • £75.00

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