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finger-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1855,1115.1

  • Description

    Gold finger-ring, comprising a large round hoop with two applied circular bezels on opposite sides, each bezel having a group of three large pellets to the right and left, with smaller pellets. The outer sides of the hoop are engraved with interlaced knots. One of the bezels is decorated with three incised interlaced triangles; the other bezel with an incised circular design of continuous intersecting curves. The edges of the bezels are ornamented with bands of zig-zag decoration. All ornament is inlaid with niello.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 8thC-9thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 2.7 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings, no. 202:
    'Archaeological Journal' xiii. 87; xix 326; 'Victoria County History: Northants, vol. i, p. 253; H. Clifford Smith, 'Jewellery', p. 72 and pl. xiii, fig. 6.Wilson 1964
    Found while spearing for eel in the River Nene immediately under the Great Northern Railway viaduct, about 300 metres above the site of the ancient bridge. The vendors were Peterborough jewellers but the provenance is confirmed by a letter, from an interested Peterborough antiquary to Sir Augustus Franks, in the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities. The object is usually known as the River Nene ring.

    See p. 56 and pl. XXVII.

    Bibliography: 'Archaeological Journal', xiii, 87 and fig; Waterton, E. (1862): 'On Niello', The Archaeological Journal, xix, 326-7 and fig. 1; 'British Museum, Alfred the Great Millenary Exhibition', London 1901, 15; Smith, H. C. (1908): Jewellery, London, 72-3 and pl. xiii, 6; 'British Museum: A Guide to Anglo-Saxon . . . Antiquities . . .', London, 1923, 116 and fig. 147; 'Victoria History of the Counties of England: Northamptonshire', i, 253; Oman, C. C. (1931): 'Anglo-Saxon Finger-Rings', Apollo, xiv, 105 and fig. B. 20.

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 202 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1976 460 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1964 57 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a 570 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc3/sA

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1855

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1855,1115.1

Gold finger-ring; large round hoop with two applied circular bezels on opposite sides, each having a group of three large pellets to right and left, with smaller pellets.  Outer sides of hoop are engraved with interlaced knots; one of bezels has three interlaced triangles, other a circular design of continuous intersecting curves.  Edges of bezels ornamented with bands of zigzag.  All ornament filled with niello.

Bezel

Gold finger-ring; large round hoop with two applied circular bezels on opposite sides, each having a group of three large pellets to right and left, with smaller pellets. Outer sides of hoop are engraved with interlaced knots; one of bezels has three interlaced triangles, other a circular design of continuous intersecting curves. Edges of bezels ornamented with bands of zigzag. All ornament filled with niello.

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