This is an ancient Scandinavian Viking tinned bronze finger ring, dating to the 9th - 10th century A.D. It has been made from a hammered rod of bronze, formed in an elongated pointed-oval shape, and stamped with a design. The bezel is the widest part, tapering through to the shoulders.
Stamped finger-rings with knotted ends, in gold, silver and copper alloy, are characteristic of the Scandinavian world in the late 9th and 10th centuries (TAR 2002, no. 52; TAR 2003, no. 45; Rogerson and Dallas (1984), 68, fig. 110, nos.12 and 13; Graham-Campbell (1980), 61, no.219; Rogerson 1995, 56, fig.38, nos.23 - 5). Similar examples have been recorded from Britain (NCL-90DD85) found in Lincolnshire and both (NMS-2160F3) (NMS-D65631) finds from Norfolk.
This example is decorated with 'wolf-tooth' pattern with much of the original tinning remaining. It is in excavated condition, uncleaned and with stress cracks, etc.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
CULTURE: Scandinavian Viking
DATE: c. 9th - 10th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Tinned bronze
RING SIZE: 6 (US) M (UK)
SIZE: 19mm x 16mm x 5mm (Bezel 18mm x 9mm)
WEIGHT: 1.83 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a European private collection, Sweden.
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