The central bezel depicts a winged and haloed bust holding a book with the right hand raised in a gesture signifying speech or blessing; this may represent the archangel Michael, or possibly the evangelist St Matthew.
Ring by Unknown Artist, 9th century
© British Museum
- Diameter: 2.15 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £17,000)
- Acquired in:
- Les Enluminures Ltd
There is a six petalled rosette either side of the bezel and the rest of the hoop contains equal-armed crosses.
Private collector, USA; Les Enluminures Ltd, Chicago. Previous history unknown but most likely an illegal export from England to the United States.