**Originally Listed at $300**
Northern Europe, Viking / Norse culture, ca. 9th to 11th century CE. Two beautiful examples of bronze rings, one with an inset ovoid orange carnelian, the other with a glass inlay with a fantastically abstract zoomorphic motif incised on its face. Imagine these as part of a full complement of bronze jewelry worn by both men and women in the Viking period. Both are still very wearable today! Size of largest inlay (glass): 0.6" W x 0.75" H (1.5 cm x 1.9 cm). Larger ring is a US 10; smaller is a US 6.
In legends, Viking rings could be endowed with magical power, as in the tale of Andvari's ring from the Völsunga Saga. Andvari, a dwarf who lived under a waterfall, forged a magical ring that allowed him to make gold. The stealing of this ring by Loki and its subsequent curse, passed on through multiple gods, humans, and others across the world of Norse mythology, was the inspiration for Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" and Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection
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