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.
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.
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