Ring excavated at Sijilmasa. Morocco, 9th/10th century. Gold. Fondation nationale des musées, Rabat, Morocco, NP2006-1

This rare and precious gold ring excavated at Sijilmasa is one of only a few gold objects that have survived from medieval Saharan Africa. A goldsmith soldered thin flat strips of gold in an undulating pattern to upper and lower bands. The ring was found in an elite residence and dates to an extended period of development of the city by local Amazigh (Berber) rulers, the Bani Midrar. The gold-working technique resembles that of 19th- and 20th-century Amazigh (Berber) jewelry from the Sahara and Anti-Atlas Mountains.