VIKING BRAIDED RING
Scandinavia or England, 9-11th century

Gold
Circumference 61.6 mm.; weight 11.1 gr.; US size 10; UK size T ½

   
USD 20,000.00
   

Typical of Viking jewelry, this ring is large in size, an indication that it was probably worn by a man. In Beowulf, the terms “ring-giver,” “ring-hoarder,” and “ring-flinger” are all used; such rings were likely given to soldiers who went into battle and, in at least one instance, there is literary evidence of rings being used against invasion and to “buy” peace.

Reference Number: 139