Medieval jewelry auction Dec. 12 contains Viking artifacts

Medieval jewelry

Viking warrior’s ring, circa 866-1067, size 10, gilt bronze professionally refurbished with the gold surface restored. Estimate: $200-$250. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Medieval jewelry, including Viking items, comprise a Jasper52 online auction to be conducted Wednesday, Dec. 12. These striking pieces date back to the 8th-15th centuries when the Vikings roamed both sea and land. Warriors’ rings, sorcerers’ amulets and pendants hold symbolic meaning in their shapes, often embodying the great strength of Vikings who bore them. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Among the highlights of this collection is a Viking warrior’s ring (above), circa 866-1067. The size 10 ring of refurbished gilt bronze has a rounded face cut with an XOX pattern to the top. Professionally refurbished with the gold surface restored. Gift boxed with certification of authenticity (estimate: $200-$250).

The design of a medieval women’s pendant (below), probably Scandinavian, is clearly influenced by the Viking taste. Formed as a crescent suspended by a central projection, with nine nubs along its back, it is closely adapted from the Viking lunar pendants of a century earlier. The transition to Christianity came later in Scandinavia and the traditional religion carried on blended with Christian belief. This pendant is an amulet of that blended religion.

Medieval jewelry

Fine Medieval women’s pendant, 10th-11th century, gilt bronze professionally refurbished with the gold surface restored, 1 inch high. Estimate: $300-$350. Jasper52 image

A medieval women’s ring in the auction has a high faceted bezel flanked by circular expansions surrounding small enamel inlays. The bezel and matching inlay, all three teal in color, are original and made by firing the ring and melting ground colored glass into the form as it appears now.

Medieval jewelry

Medieval women’s ring, 12th-15th century, size 10, gilt bronze with enamel inlays. Estimate: $250-$300. Jasper52 image

A pendant in the auction, in an abstracted cross form with a cherub face to the top, is from the period of the Spanish Inquisition.

Medieval jewelry

Spanish Renaissance pendant, 16th century. Estimate: $200-$250. Jasper52 image

In refurbished silver bronze, a Romano-Egyptian amulet dates to circa A.D. 100-300 and was meant to promote an abundant harvest. Egyptian agriculture was dependent on the annual flood of the Nile which brought water and nutrients to the desert soil.

Medieval jewelry

Romano-Egyptian amulet, circa A.D. 100-300, silvered bronze in the form of bundled wheat, 1 1/8 inches high. Estimate: $200-$250. Jasper52 image

Carved pieces of lapis lazuli, which were originally part of elaborate necklace for an ancient Egyptian woman of the nobility, are now earrings with modern silver mounts. There would have been a number of similar amulets, perhaps as many as 20 incorporated in the necklace.

Medieval jewelry

Ancient Egyptian amulet earrings, lapis lazuli, circa 664-332 B.C., each about 5/8 inch high. Estimate: $400-$500. Jasper52 image

Items offered in the auction have been professionally refurbished with the gold or silver overlay restored. The items are gift boxed and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.