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Mr Greenaway said he loved history since he was at school and began metal detecting nearly 25 years ago.
He said he had already made a "good selection of bronze age finds" before discovering the pendant.
"On this particular day, I just looked up and saw this raised area of the field and I thought I'll give that a go and then within an hour I'd discovered the sun pendant," he said.
The find has gone on display at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, where it will stay until 12 December, before being moved to the British Museum.
Mr Greenaway said he found the pendant buried about eight inches (20 cm) under the soil.
"I held it in my hand and looked at it and thought 'it's perfect', and I was reluctant to turn it over.
"I thought it would have a big scrape across it, or a hole or something and I paused and then I turned it over and the other side was better.
"They'll still be talking about it in 1,000 years when I'm long gone."
Seen up close, the workmanship of the pendant is breathtaking. Its patterns of tiny triangles are filled with a texture of diagonal lines etched in alternating directions so that, as the light plays over its surface, different elements stand out in an almost rippling effect. ‘If you imagine this being worn in bright daylight, or in flickering firelight, it would have had a great impact: a solid object that seems to be constantly moving,’ Peter said.
These radiating patterns of triangles are known as ‘solar’ imagery – motifs that feature on diverse objects spanning a broad swathe of the Bronze Age, some of which are over 1,000 years older than the bulla. These include the ornate, paper-thin crescents known as lunulae, which were made in the early Bronze Age, and a 3,500-year-old copper-alloy ‘solar disc’ that was found in Ireland and recently rediscovered in the stores of the British Museum (see CA 345; a similar object is also known from Denmark). When etched into gleaming gold, the sun-like effect of these markings is enhanced tenfold.