A stunning and well preserved Viking gold twisted wirework ring, circa 900-1100 AD, formed from a slender beaded wire coiled around a thick twisted gold rod, graduating slightly from the centre and tapering to a solid rounded shank that joins to goldwork twisted terminals like joining hands.
In Viking communities, gifting jewellery was seen as highly important method of cementing honour and loyalty within families, it was not just worn for its aesthetical value but to symbolise loyalty and bonds between a lord and his followers or warriors. Bestowing gifts was also a key-method of demonstrating wealth and power.
Ring weight: 10.32g
Approximately Size Q UK/AU, 8 US/CA, 57¾ FR/RU, 18 DE
Authenticity: This ring is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from an established ancient artefact gallery in central London.
Provenance: From a private London collection of Ancient Art and Jewellery; formerly acquired on the UK art market since the 1980s.
Please note that this ring is excluded from our Free Resizing service, and an ancient artefact we will not alter it.