NEW YORK – Seventy-five lots of Viking and medieval jewelry will be offered in an online auction conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, May 8. Featured are rings, amulets and pendants once worn by Viking warriors, sorcerers, Crusaders and pilgrims during the Middle Ages. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
Coil rings and other adornment elements were popular in Viking culture. A fine Viking warrior’s bronze ring in the Jasper52 auction was cast by the lost wax process in the 9th or 10th century and consists of 3¾ turns (above). A Viking stirrup-form warrior’s bronze ring (below) has a broad oval bezel with a central raised oval.
A crescent-shaped lunar/astrological pendant (below) also dates to the 9th or 10th century. The constellations signified mystery and power to Vikings, who relied on astronomy to navigate the seas. Heavenly bodies had supernatural significance.
A rare Viking amulet in the form of a duck’s foot is well-delineated and finely detailed. It is believed that the amulet belonged to a sorceress.
A Crusader wore a rare cross pendant into battle 800 to 1,000 years ago. The design of the Jerusalem cross represents five crosses in one and symbolizes the five wounds of Christ. The silvered bronze pendant measures 1 inch in diameter.
Two carved lapis lazuli beads, which were once were parts of an elaborate necklace worn by an Egyptian woman of nobility, have been made into earrings.
Most of the objects in the auction have been professionally refurbished with gold or silver overlay for contemporary use.
The auction of Viking and medieval jewelry will be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, May 8, beginning a 9 p.m. Eastern time.