Scandinavian Viking bronze finger ring

Scandinavian Viking bronze finger ring

Code: 11227

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This is an ancient Scandinavian Viking bronze finger ring, dating to the 9th - 10th century A.D. The ring is cast in one piece to resemble one made from twisted rods. This example is a good piece of Viking age jewelry, similar examples recorded SUSS-588B26KENT-4D4DB5and SUR-C33FB2

The form of the ring is a miniature version of Viking-period gold and silver neck- and arm-rings of around the 10th-11th centuries, like those from Skaill, Orkney, and Wipholm, Germany.  This type of ring appears to have continued in use into the 12th century, or perhaps slightly later (F. Lindahl, 2003, Symboler i guld og sølv. Nationalmuseets fingerringe 1000-1700-årene, Copenhagen, nos. 8, 10, and 13; J. Graham-Campbell, 2011, The Cuerdale Hoard and related Viking-Age silver and gold from Britain and Ireland in the British Museum, London, British Museum Press, 107-108).

OBJECT: Finger Ring

CULTURE: Viking

DATEc. 9th - 10th century A.D.

MATERIAL: Bronze

RING SIZE:  8 1/4  (US)     Q 1/2  (UK)

SIZE: 26.70mm x 30.30mm x 6.07mm

WEIGHT: 11.43 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection