Ivory Ring

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Description:A ring of ivory (possibly boar’s tusk) used to stiffen a bag or purse. Two bronze plates and three rivets applied to the ring are probably repairs rather than decorative embellishments.

6th Century A.D.
130mm diameter
Found pre-excavation, in 1921 during road works.

Note: A similar purse ring was found in Butler’s Field, Lechlade, Gloucestershire during excavations in 1985. The Lechlade purse contained a variety of amulets and was found in the grave of a high-status woman.

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Donor ref:SBT 1923-8 (52/11693)

Source: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Museums Department

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