c. 8th-12th century AD. Viking. Lovely silver ring with a decorated band and a diamond shaped area containing four cross patterns surrounded by a striated border. 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: 17.75mm / US: 7 1/2 / UK: P; 3g
Provenance: Private London collection, formed in the 1980-90s on the UK and European art market.