- Museum number
Gold finger-ring; the hoop with angular shoulders broadening to the bezel, which is a pyramid of five steps set with a faceted ruby; the shoulders are engraved with conventional designs filled with niello.
- Production date
Diameter: 1.35 inches
Weight: 235 grains
- Curator's comments
Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings, no. 176a:
The stone is probably a later addition. The general type of this ring, the form of the bezel, and the manner in which the stone is set recall examples which are presumably Late Roman and are represented in the department of Greek and Roman Antiquities (F.H. Marshall, Catalogue of Finger Rings, Greek, Etruscan and Roman, no. 846, from S. Angelo dei Lombardi): cf. also no. 975. The character of the nielloed ornament, however, suggests a rather later period and an origin perhaps rather Lombard than Byzantine. The stepped pyramidal bezel is found on Frankish and other early Teutonic rings (Deloche, Anneaux Sigillaires, pp 289, 350).
Whitfield, N., 2013, 'A gold finger-ring found near Tipperary, Ireland', pp. 231-257 in A. Reynolds and L. Webster (eds), Early Medieval Art and Archaeology in the Northern World. Studies in honour of James Graham- Campbell, Leiden/Boston, 251, fig. 11a
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- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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