NEW YORK – Ninety lots of Viking and medieval jewelry, enough to fill a small treasure chest, will be sold in an online auction conducted by Jasper52 on Saturday, Sept. 16. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Rings and pendants once worn by Viking warriors abound in the auction. Leading the charge is a Viking warrior’s ring having heart bezel decorated with an incised floral design (above). For Vikings the heart stood for bravery, fortitude, loyalty, integrity – all attributes of a warrior. The warrior’s heart ring defines the very essence of his place in society and the spiritual world. The large ring in the auction carries and estimate of $250-$275.
Also popular in Viking culture was the coil ring (below). The large example in Saturday’s auction dates to A.D. 850-1050.
Another classic form in the sale is an ancient Viking lunar pendant, circa A.D. 850-950. Exhibiting fine patina, the crescent-shape pendant is topped with spheres representing celestial bodies. The constellations signified mystery and power to Vikings, who were expert navigators. The moon was personified as Mani, brother to Sol, the Sun, and is abundantly represented in Norse literature. Lunar pendants were worn as pectorals as well as suspended from belts, other clothing and horse harnesses.
Dolphins were both feared and revered by Romans, and are highly visible in Roman mythology. A gilt bronze dolphin pendant dating to the second century is expected to sell for more than $600.
A silvered bronze Jerusalem Cross pendant worn by a Crusader nearly 1,000 years ago is another star lot in the auction. The nearly 1-inch round pendant depicts five crosses in one, representing the five wounds of Christ. The form is said to have originated with Godfrey of Bouillon, a Frankish knight of the First Crusade.
Another fine medieval French pendant measures 1 1/8 inches in diameter and is flanked by foliage forms with a connecting central band detailed with a fine circle motif.
The auction will begin Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. Eastern.