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Northern Europe, Viking/Norse culture, ca. 1000 CE. This is a gorgeous and highly wearable twisted silver ring, made to be worn by either a man or woman, and probably ultimately deposited in a hoard. Vikings hoarded precious metals, especially silver, to a great degree; for example, in Viking Scotland alone, we know of thirty-one Viking age hoards containing silver - and those are just the ones we know about - while Viking Ireland has nearly double that! Silver rings of all sizes were a huge component of hoards, and functioned as a wearable form of currency. This example is emblematic of the type. Ring size: 6.25
Provenance: Ex - Private UK collection found in the 1980's.
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