Finger ring and bracelet (fragment)

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from Westness, Rousay, Orkney and probably Largo, Fife

Postcard of Finger ring and bracelet (fragment).
© National Museums Scotland

Finger ring and bracelet (fragment)

The silver finger ring on the left was found at Westness on Rousay in Orkney. The fragment of a bracelet on the right was probably found at Largo in Fife. Both are objects used by Scandinavians in the British Isles, and date from the 9th or 10th century.

The finger ring is made of a narrow band of silver stamped with opposed triangular stamps. It is a simplified version of stamped Viking Age silver bracelets, and similar examples are known in gold.

The bracelet fragment is the central part of a typical bracelet type, often called an Hiberno-Viking arm-ring. They are common in Ireland, and found in Viking Age silver hoards in Great Britain and Scandinavia.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-086-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HD 748
Date: 9th or 10th century
Material: Silver
Silver; penannular; narrow towards the ends which overlap; decorated with a row of stamped dots on either side of a central rib
Dimensions: 0.75" internal D
What: Ring, arm / fragment
Ring, finger
Where: Scotland, Fife, Largo (Largo estate)
Scotland, Orkney, Rousay, Westness
Description: Fragment of a Hiberno-Norse silver arm ring, probably from Largo estate, Fife
Silver penannular finger ring decorated with a row of stamped dots on either side of a central rib, from Westness, Rousay, Orkney
  • Graham-Campbell, James. The Viking-age gold and silver of Scotland (AD 850-1100), 1995, pp 26-7, 156, 161. 
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