This delicately decorated gold ring was unearthed in 2011 close to a former bishops dwelling in the north of the Isle of Man.
Medieval gold ring by Unknown Artist, 1200-1250
© Manx Museum
- 2.1cm inner diameter
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,000 ( Total: £1,000)
- Acquired in:
- Robert Farrer
Its design and location suggest it may have belonged to a high-ranking medieval church official. The Isle of Man has its own bishop the Bishop of Sodor and Man a title that dates back to AD1000 when the island was part of the archdiocese of Trondheim in Norway. In 1266 the island was absorbed into Scotland and became a strategic prize in the wars between Scotland and England. During this period church officials were the most important people on the island and this ring is a symbol of that wealth and power. A flower and dot pattern decorate the areas either side of the bezel and the claw setting bent in antiquity would have held a stone. The ring can be chronologically associated with coin hoards and other finds and may have been buried for safekeeping. As a medieval item of ecclesiastical personal adornment of such precious metal content, it is unique among the Manx national collections.
Reported discovery by metal detectorist from site with relevant history.
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