MEDIEVAL KNOT RING
France, 15th century
Bezel 9 x 5 x 4 mm.; circumference 46; weight 0.9 gr.; US size 4; UK size H
This is a type of belt ring, differing from known examples because the buckle terminates in a loop rather than a strap. Most extant belt rings are 14th-century English and were evidently sold to pilgrims at a shrine. This distinctive type may imply a love knot like the Heracles knot of late Antiquity. A single thin gold wire decorated with gold dots on the hoop and terminating on one side with a belt buckle and on the other with a knot. In excellent condition.