This is an intact and very desirable Anglo Saxon period bronze finger ring, dating to the 6th - 9th century A.D. This is a well-known type, with a magical spiral bezel. Formed from a single strip of bronze expertly wrought into an elaborate spiral design. Rings of the 'Vortex Spiral' type are known in bronze, silver, and gold. Dated to the 5th - 9th century, through the excavation of early Saxon settlement sites in England. It is thought that such finger rings were worn either as a symbol of marriage or more likely by a 'spiritual medium', healer or Seiðr (a 'Seer'). Interestingly most examples are found in Saxon 'Pagan' contexts, being pre-Christian. It is thought that such spirals are a metaphor for the 'spun' or entwined 'fates' of man, wrought into a visual aid for teaching or for focused meditation. Further examples have been recorded from Bulford in Wiltshire SUSS-7DA37C, Dingley in Northamptonshire NARC-3AE845 and Brixton Deverill in Wiltshire WILT-9D4288.
Today this ring has survived in excellent wearable condition, will make a unique ring for contemporary wear.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
CULTURE: Anglo Saxon / Germanic
DATE: c. 6th - 9th century A.D.
RING SIZE: 4 1/2 (US) I 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 19.04mm x 18.18mm 1.95mm (bezel 12.41mm x 8.12mm)
WEIGHT: 1.33 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection.
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