This is a rare Scandinavian gold beard ring, dating from the 9th - 11th century A.D. It is formed as a curled bead of penannular form, the body hammered from a rod of gold. Although it is undecorated, being made from gold would have given the piece status and authority to its wearer. Such beads/rings could be worn in the hair or plaited into a long beard, used as a form of currency for trade within a bullion economy.
OBJECT: Beard Ring
DATE: c. 9th - 11th century A.D.
SIZE: 9mm x 5mm
WEIGHT: 1.46 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection (this is not a British find!)
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