Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Number 13: North West Essex ring

This gold ring features on its bezel a depiction of a figure carrying a cross in one hand, and what appears to be a bird in the other. Above the figure is a more recognizable bird's head, with a curved beak. The mixture of Christian and pagan symbolism seems to indicate that it was made during a time of transition between the belief systems, and possibly made for someone who in fact straddled both worlds. The ring, found in 2011, is therefore thought likely to date to the early Anglo-Saxon period

Photo Credit Portable Antiquities Scheme

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