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This is a nice Ottonian gold finger ring, dating to the 10th - 11th century A.D. This ring consists of multiple elements soldered together to create a rich, micro-architectural form, a feature typical of Ottonian goldsmithing. The varied techniques used in its fabrication resulted in areas of granulation, swabbed and twisted wires, and ribbons of bent wire, as well as cast, punched, and chased elements. The central element is sadly missing, this may have consisted of a red garnet or enamel cloisonne. The ring bears witness to the high degree of sophistication at the court of the Ottonian emperors, who ruled central Europe from 936 until 1024.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 10th - 11th century A.D.
RING SIZE: 4 3/4 (US) J 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 22mm x 19mm x 1mm (bezel 14mm x 11mm x 6mm)
WEIGHT: 3.18 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection