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The Enigma of the Escrick Ring
Professor Leslie Webster, British Museum

Escrick ring Kippa Matthews©‎ Kippa Matthews
  • Tuesday 17 June 2014, 7.30PM to 8.30pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens (map)

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The spectacular gold and jewelled ring found at Escrick near York has intrigued specialists and the public since its discovery in 2009.

At first thought to have been the ring of an eleventh century bishop, it appears now that it has a much earlier, and more exotic, origin. The style of the ring and its bold inlays suggest that it was produced in a Frankish workshop in the 5th or early 6th century; its ostentatious style and outstanding quality suggests that it was made for someone of high rank and status.

This is a rare object in itself, and unique as a find of continental gold jewellery of this period from northern England.

The talk will explore its origins and significance, who might have owned it, and how it might have come to rest in the hinterland of York.  



Wheelchair accessible. Please call the Museum for disabled parking 01904 687687


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