Viking Silver Filigree Lunate Pendant 9th-11th Century

Heading : Viking Era, Silver Filigree Lunate Pendant, 9th-11th Century

Material: Silver

Period: Viking/Early Medieval

Date: 9th to 11th century

Origin: Northern Europe

Condition: Fine+, one area of cracking to lower edge and related weakness; another area of slight perforation in right arm  

Description: An exquisite, crescent-shaped pendant ornamented with granular decoration and clusters grouped into domed symbolic trefoils; suspension loop to top; plain reverse

Size and Weight: 50mm x 39mm, 5.62g


Features and Provenance: From a London collector

The moon and sun were important to the Norseman, their calendar was based on the lunar cycle rather than the sun and they only had two seasons. The god of the moon was called Mani (pronounce Mahnee) and gave rise to the English Monday and the Danish is Mantag. The moon was related to fertility and crescent pendants were probably worn by women either singularly or as a group on a necklace. The trefoils on this example are also symbolic, similar to the triskelion, probably related to the stages of life. 

 

 

 

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

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

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

Fine (F). Wear on the artefact and parts of item and pattern etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Product Code: 21112914
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  • £450.00


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