Celtic Decorated Gold Ring

£ 800.00

A fine Celtic gold ring, featuring a penannular hoop with overlapping tapered ends. The ring is decorated with bands of vertical incised lines interspersed with herringbone incisions. Both geometric patterns continue around the circumference of the band.

Closest UK ring size: N.

Date: Circa 1200-800 BC
Period: Late Bronze Age - Early Iron Age
Provenance: From the J.L. private collection, Surrey, UK, acquired 2020s. Previously acquired from a UK auction house, Harwich, mid 1980s, on European art market.
Condition: Extremely fine; minor chip to the surface.


Product Code: CES-36
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Finger rings were rare among the early Celts, with few found in Iron Age burials, in comparison to the numerous fibulae, bracelets, armlets, and torcs. After the defeat of the Celtic armies in the 1st century BC. Most Celtic territories became part of the Roman empire, and many aspects of Roman culture were adopted, affecting the jewellery and dress of the upper classes. Finger-rings, chain necklaces, and earrings appeared more often among Iron Age burial goods, which form much of the material evidence from the period.

Weight 2.42 g
Dimensions L 2.2 x W 2 x H 0.2 cm

Central Europe



Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1897,0401.539

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