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  • Object type

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  • Description

    Gold finger-ring with a raised rectangular gem-setting, now empty, surrounded by a flange with an impressed ovolo pattern. The hoop is a robust band with a slightly concave external profile in cross-section, and has thick beaded wire soldered to each edge. Four large beads of gold are attached at each shoulder.


  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 16 millimetres (internal)
    • Width: 6.5 millimetres (hoop)
    • Length: 20 millimetres (bezel)
    • Width: 15 millimetres (bezel)
    • Weight: 11.5 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Gold jewellery from the Hoxne hoard

    Roman Britain, buried in the 5th century AD
    Found at Hoxne, Suffolk (1992)

    The Hoxne (pronounced 'Hoxon') hoard is the richest find of treasure from Roman Britain. Alongside the approximately 15,000 coins were many other precious objects, buried for safety at a time when Britain was passing out of Roman control.

    Among these were gold jewellery, including six necklaces and three finger-rings, two of which were found threaded onto one of the chains. While the body-chain, necklaces and bracelets would all have been worn by women, the rings could have been worn by either sex. The chains were probably designed to be worn with pendants, but no pendants were hidden with the hoard. All three rings are well worn, and their gems have been deliberately removed, no doubt for re-setting in newer pieces of jewellery.


  • Bibliography

    • Bland & Johns 1993 bibliographic details
    • Johns 2010 10 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc23

  • Exhibition history

    1994-1995 Oct-Jan, Ipswich Museum, The Hoxne Treasure

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • T304 (Treasure number)
COMPASS Title: Gold jewellery from the Hoxne hoard

Group of Objects

COMPASS Title: Gold jewellery from the Hoxne hoard

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