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Neck Ring

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Description This Viking neck ring is made from three twisted silver wires and is fastened by an unusual conical knob and loop clasp. It was both jewelry and money to its owner. Large neck rings and smaller arms rings were buried in Viking hoards in Ireland, Scandinavia, and England, all important hubs of Viking sea trade. This neck ring was found buried with a plain arm ring (present location unknown), in Fenit, County Kerry, Ireland in 1880.
Date Description Narrative
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
Provenance [Found in Fenit, County Kerry, Ireland, 1880]; Robert Day, Cork [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Robert Day of Cork Sale, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, May 19-22, 1913, no. 452; Permain [dealer], 1913, by purchase; William Randolph Hearst, by purchase; William Hearst Collection Sale, New York, February 10, 1941, lot 999, no. 166; Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, February 10, 1941, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1941, by gift.
Credit Gift of the members of the Board of Trustees: Robert Garrett, B. Howell Griswold, Jr., George C. Cutler, Philip B. Perlman and Morgan C. Marshall, 1941

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late 9th-10th century (Medieval)
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
4 11/16 x 4 5/8 x 3/4 in. (12 x 11.8 x 1.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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