Viking Solid Gold Ring

£ 1,750.00

An elaborate Viking solid gold finger ring formed from a thick gold wire, ending in a knot to the centre, and with the wire finials coiling around the ring’s shoulders. UK ring size L. Weight: 8.27 g.

Date: Circa 9th-11th century AD
Condition: Excellent condition; the ring has been polished hence the lustrous gold. The ring is suitable for modern wear with care.

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Product Code: MS-26
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In Viking communities, gifting was an important social ritual with great implications regarding expectations of honour and loyalty. In these cases, jewellery was not simply worn for aesthetic purposes; rings such as this one were often given as gifts in order to cement bonds of loyalty between a lord and his followers or warriors. Bestowing gifts was also a key way to demonstrate wealth and power. Both Viking men and women enjoyed wearing jewellery as an indicator of wealth and social status, wearing these pieces kept their wealth safe and secure.

Dimensions W 1.8 cm
Metal

Gold

Region

Central Europe

Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item 1915,1206.1.

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