Large Ancient Scandinavian Viking Silver Finger Ring
This is a wonderful ancient Scandinavian Viking silver finger ring, dating to the 9th - 10th century A.D. It has been made from a sheet of silver, cut in an elongated pointed-oval shape, and stamped with a triangle and pellet design. The bezel is the widest part, tapering through the shoulders until it is a wire at each terminal, which has been twisted in a simple slip-knot fashion around its opposite terminal. The ring is intact and complete though has a few nibbles around the bezel.
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.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
CULTURE: Scandinavian Viking
DATE: c. 9th - 10th century A.D.
RING SIZE: 12 (US) Y (UK)
SIZE: 27.32mm x 23.96mm x 4.18mm (Bezel 24.11mm x 12.86mm x 0.94mm)
WEIGHT: 3.8 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection Hertfordshire, originally discovered in Estonia.