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Signet ring

  • Place of origin:

    Europe

  • Date:

    9th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nielloed gold

  • Museum number:

    627-1871

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 4, shelf B, box 24

Physical description

Nielloed gold ring, decorated with birds and monsters in lozenges alternating with the name + A LH ST A(and runic N) in roundels, with stylised leaf edges.

Place of Origin

Europe

Date

9th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Nielloed gold

Dimensions

Depth: 1 cm, Diameter: 2.9 cm

Object history note

Found probably in 1753 at Llysfaen near Colwyn Bay, Wales. Ex Waterton Collection, published by J.H. Hanshall in the Gentleman's Magazine in 1823; owned by Dr Pegge in 1771 and presented to the Society of Antiquaries in 1773.

Historical significance: It has been suggested that the original owner was Ahlstan, Bishop of Sherborne (824-867)

Descriptive line

Nielloed gold ring, decorated with birds and monsters in lozenges alternating with the name + A LH ST A(and runic N) in roundels, with stylised leaf edges, Anglo Saxon, 9th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The Gentleman's Magazine (London, England), Volume 134, December 1823, pp. 433-34
Archaeologia, IV, p.47
Susan La Niece, Niello: a historical and technical survey; Antiquaries Journal, lxiii, 1983, pp. 279-297, cat. 102

Subjects depicted

Foliation (pattern); Birds; Monsters

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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