a gold ring with an unusual design
The researchers note that the image on the ring does not correspond to the traditional Christian symbolism commonly seen on artifacts from that era.
A gold ring with an unusual design, which probably dates from the 11th or 12th century, was found under Wawel Castle, the former residence of the Polish kings in Krakow. This is reported by Arkeonews.
According to scientists, the image on the ring does not correspond to traditional Christian symbolism. The decoration, which includes a shield with two opposing faces, may refer to Janus, the two-faced Roman god, and indicate a high level of local craftsmanship. He was considered the patron of the beginning and the end, entrances and exits, changes, etc.
The ring has a thickness of 1.5 mm, a diameter of 4 mm and a circumference of 57 mm. The ring is decorated, which makes it extremely unusual. After all, only a few early medieval gold rings have been found in Poland, which do not have ornaments or have simple geometric patterns.
Researcher Jerzy Trzebinski believes that the ring was probably a local product and could have belonged to the elite during the time of the Piasts, the first dynasty of Poland, which ruled from the founding of the state in the 10th century to the 14th century. The shape of the ring is typical for that era in Poland.
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