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This is a late Roman bronze finger ring, dating to the 4th - 5th century A.D. It is of a polygonal shape, classified as Henig Type IX (or Guiraud type 9a). The ring has 12 faces, each dished and engraved with a saltire cross. These rings are usually inscribed with a protective or magical formula, usually dedicated to a god or for good luck. This example has a nice deep chocolate brown patina, in excellent and wearable condition.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 4th - 5th century A.D.
RING SIZE: 8 (US) Q (UK)
SIZE: 22mm x 4mm
WEIGHT: 2.38 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Z. Janssen Collection, Colchester.