Anglo Saxon gold finger ring with an intricate plaited design

Anglo Saxon gold finger ring with an intricate plaited design

Code: 11296

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This is a magnificent Anglo Saxon period gold finger ring, dating to the 7th - 8th century A.D. The band is nicely decorated with interlaced wirework design. This decoration consists of two wires plaited together, between two beaded wires set between two twisted wires - all laid down onto a gold sheet forming the base. The band is fused together and retains a single granulation. Such a ring would have been a high-status object, possibly worn as a wedding band or indicative of nobility, royalty etc.

A very rare finger ring in wearable condition with the fused join still tight. 

OBJECT: Finger Ring

CULTURE: Anglo Saxon / Merovingian

DATE: c. 7th - 8th century A.D.

MATERIAL: Gold 

RING SIZE:   7 1/2 (US)      P  (UK)

SIZE: 20.44mm x 6.35mm x 1.23mm

WEIGHT: 3.22 grams

PROVENANCE: Formerly in the Durand Collection, Paris.