This is a simple ancient Scandinavian Viking gold finger ring, dating to the 10th - 11th century A.D. The terminals taper to a point and overlap, the hoop graduates and is thickest in the centre. Similar rings have been dated to the late Anglo-Saxon period, a few excavated in Fressingfield, see SF-10850 and SF-2B1A88 and Freckenham, see SF-2AFE75. Rings which have simply overlapped ends and are thicker at the front are typical of the Viking period e.g. from Gotland, Sweden (L. Thunmark-Nylén, 1998, Die Wikingerzeit Gotlands, Stockholm, vol. 2, pl. 143: 2, 4, and 9). Examples with the ends hammered flat together are less common. The type is known from the late 9th century and the form continued in use in Denmark into the early 12th century. Similar examples have been recorded from KENT-565E76 and Suffolk SF-18E973. This example is intact, solid and wearable. Such a simple ring may have been intended as portable bullion or worn as a wedding ring.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 10th - 11th century A.D.
RING SIZE: 7 (US) O (UK)
SIZE: 20mm x 21mm x 2mm
WEIGHT: 2.2 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. D. McLennan Collection, Reading. Originally acquired in Oslo, Norway.
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