This is an ancient Scandinavian Viking finger ring, dating to the 9th - 10th century A.D. The ring formed from a copper-alloy rod, the bezel hammered flat to form an oval shape. Both terminals have been riveted closed to form a round finger ring. The bezel is deeply engraved for niello enamel, much has survived intact. A parallel has been recorded from near Stamford Bridge (YORYM-0248F2). The ring is an excellent example in very good condition.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 10th - 11th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Bronze & niello
RING SIZE: 9 1/2 (US) S 3/4 (UK)
SIZE: 23.14mm x 24.09mm x 5.19mm (bezel 23.72mm x 14.59mm x 2.27mm)
WEIGHT: 6.04 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European private collection
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