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finger-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.539

  • Description

    Gold finger-ring; hoop of circular section rods twisted with beaded wire; narrowing to back.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 11thC-12thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 2.3 centimetres
    • Weight: 106 grains
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager 'Summary Catalogue' (draft MS)

    Acquired:
    From Rev James Beck, who had obtained it from Lieutenant Carl Falk of the island Militia (MS letter, Beck to Franks, 13.12.1886)

    Published:
    BECK J. 1868. Proceedings at meetings of the Institute, Archaeological Journal XXV, London, 94
    DALTON O.M. 1912. Franks Bequest Catalogue of the Finger Rings Early Christian, Byzantine, Teutonic, Mediaeval and Later. London, p. 36 no. 215c (where no. 216 wrongly stated to have been found with it)
    KENDRICK T.D. 1930. A History of the Vikings. London, pl. III:5
    ODDY W.A. and MEYER V.E.G. 1986. The Analysis of the Gold Finds from Helgö and their Relationship to other Early Medieval Gold, in A. Lundström (ed) Excavations at Helgö X, Stockholm, 153-61, p. 182 table 11

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 215c bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc25

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.539

Gold finger-ring; hoop of circular section rods twisted together with beaded wire; narrowing to back.

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Gold finger-ring; hoop of circular section rods twisted together with beaded wire; narrowing to back.

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