This is an ancient Scandinavian Viking silver finger ring, dating to the 9th - 10th century A.D. The ring is formed from two thick graduated rods of silver twisted together, the terminals joined. This example is a good piece of Viking age jewellery, worn as both wedding and oath rings. The two rods a metaphor for two lives entwined in union, or as an 'oath ring' for the subject and his Jarl's fates inextricably linked as one. Today this wonderful piece has survived the centuries in excellent wearable condition, with a good natural patina from excavation.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 9th - 10th century A.D.
RING SIZE: 10 1/4 (US) U (UK)
SIZE: 26.60mm x 26.59mm x 24.86mm x 3.06mm 4.86mm
WEIGHT: 5.57 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Lysenko collection of Scandinavian art, London.
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