This man’s ring from the Worcestershire County collection is in the form of a broad band with a decoration of stylised animal masks made from three stamps – a horseshoe , a small circle and a triangle. It’s 95% pure gold so is a very special piece of jewellery that was heavy to wear.
The broad band and the animal motif are characteristic of Anglo-Saxon work, but the overall decoration is influenced by Viking styles. This indicates an Anglo-Viking product of the later 9th or 10th century.
It was found in North West Worcestershire and nearby Bridgnorth was fortified by the Vikings in 896 and from 912 it was held by the Mercians.
Thanks to David Kendrick for his research into this object.