Viking – Byzantine Bronze Luna Pendant c11th century


Product Code:22031702

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Heading : Viking – Byzantine Bronze Luna (Lunate) Pendant
Material: Bronze
Period: Viking/Early Medieval
Date: 10th to 12th century
Origin: Northern/Central Europe – Black Sea region
Condition: F – rusted patina; extremities of both curved points missing
Description: Penannular pendant with ring at head for suspension and indecipherable vestiges of hammered decoration; typically items of this nature were embellished with whorls. knots and intertwined bands. but this piece is so indistinct as to barely hint at what may have been depicted – monkey on a bicycle. anyone ?
Size and Weight: 35mm diameter. 9g

Features and Provenance: 
Viking wanderlust made them great traders; they are often maligned as little more than Scandinavian thugs. but nothing could be further from the truth. Their catalogue of their trade-goods was extensive – and included slaves. Norsemen never referred to themselves as Vikings as it was an old Norse word meaning ‘adventure and trade’. It did however. enter English lexicons in the 18th century. but even then it was only originally intended to refer to ‘a Scandinavian.’



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



Additional information

Weight100 g


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