School/style: Trewhiddle style
Cultures/periods: Late Anglo-Saxon
Production date: 828-858
Found/Acquired: Europe: British Isles: England: Wiltshire: Laverstock
Materials: gold; niello
A gold ring for the finger, decorated in the Truhiddle style. The hoop is flat and rises from the front to a high mitre-shaped rim. In the triangular portion, a conventional "tree" dividing the field into two halves is flanked by two peacocks, all of which are executed in metal over a blackened ground. In the two lower corners are panels of embossed foliage without niello. The two rosette discs that make up part of the central "tree" are treated in the same way. Around the hoop is an inked inscription preceded by a cross. On the back of the hoop is a circle with a rosette on an ebony base, flanked by foliate patterns, one of which is intertwined.