Finger ring; disc with swivelling ring

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From Forfar, Angus and Seamill fort, Ayrshire

Postcard of Finger ring; disc with swivelling ring.
© National Museums Scotland

Finger ring; disc with swivelling ring

This bronze finger ring and bronze disc with a swivelling ring were found at Forfar in Angus and at Seamill Fort in Ayrshire. Both were probably used as amulets sometime between 100 BC and 200 AD.

Both objects have triskele designs, a shape which seems to have had religious significance over many centuries.

Magic and superstition were an integral part of everyday life. The number three has long had a magical and religious significance. The popularity of triskele designs, with its three-part decoration, is one example of its physical expression on objects.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-188-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HR 470
Date: Between 100 BC and 200 AD
Material: Bronze
Cast bronze; plain hoop; with circular bezel containing an openwork triskele
Dimensions: 1.75" D
Hoop 0.95" external D; bezel 0.80" D
What: Ring, finger
Where: Scotland, Angus, Forfar (Lowe Road, `Belmont')
Scotland, Ayrshire, West Kilbride, Seamill Fort
Description: Triskele finger ring of cast bronze, from Forfar
Triskele swivel of bronze from Seamill Fort, Ayrshire
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