This is an excavated medieval silver ring, dating to the 13th - 14th century. A stirrup-shaped finger ring with a pointed, solid bezel terminating in a small rounded knop. The bezel is slightly inset from the band and is flat the sides. The band is rectangular in cross-section. The outer face of the band is inscribed + NRI V IRMNE retrograde. The inscription may be considered magical or protective, especially written backwards. Similar stirrup rings have been recorded from Marshwood (DOR-96CF08), Alvediston (SOM-2E9408) and Manston (BUC-0919D8). This ring is intact but sadly with a cracked hoop.
OBJECT: Stirrup ring
DATE: c. 13th - 14th century AD
SIZE: 24.8mm x 21.7mm x 3.2mm
RING SIZE: 9 1/2 (US) S 3/4 (UK)
WEIGHT: 1.39 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. private collection, Méneslies, France.
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