A rare Viking spiral ring made from a single strip of thinly hammered gold, the outer surface of which is decorated with 95 punched triple-pellet triangles or shield shapes.
The number three is a significant number in Norse mythology. Three is a number that can be seen as a number that is sacred and a number that often was used by the royals and the people of high status in the Viking age. It occurs with great frequency in grouping individuals and artifacts and could be considered the equivalent of the Holy Trinity in Christianity.
This type of ring would have been worn by a Viking lady of high rank.
Circa 850-1000 A.D.
Provenance: private collection of Mr. & Mrs. G. (Middelburg, NL).
Dimensions: weight (without stand) 4,92 grams ; length 3.4cm ; width (band) 0.9cm ; inner diameter 1.8cm.
Well presented on a custom-made perspex display stand.