You might know the Vikings for their prowess in battle, but they left behind them a vast amount of beautiful jewellery.

Both men and women would adorn themselves with bracelets, amulets, brooches and rings for battle, special occasions and the everyday. These items were not only a way of showing off the spoils of war or conquest, they also showed religious and familial devotions. Such a ring like this may well have been to show off treasures collected from abroad.

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c. 8th-12th century AD. Viking. Lovely silver ring with a black gem in a bezel of four round silver protrusions. Wearable. Jewellery was an important part of viking culture, for men and women alike. Contrary to modern ideas of vikings, historical chroniclers like English monk John of Wallingford recorded that the Vikings took great interest in their physical appearance. Moreover, jewellery was used as a status indicator, so precious materials and elaborate designs were favoured.

Size: D: 17.13mm / US: 6 3/4 / UK: N 1/2; 5g

Provenance: Important London collection of Ancient art; formed in 1970-80s then passed by descent.

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