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  • Place of origin:

    Scandinavia (probably, made)
    austria (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1700-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ring was described as Tyrolese, from the early eighteenth century, when it was acquired by the Museum in 1871. Rings of this type, with a religious motif on the bezel and floral decoration on the shoulders, were used throughout the Catholic regions of Germany and Austria from the seventeenth century onwards. They were often souvenirs from the great pilgrimage centres of the Alpine region. However, some of the details of this ring, including the symmetrical sprigs of leaves on the shoulders and the stylised ring of roses round the half-figure of the Virgin and Child on the front, suggest that it may be Scandinavian.

Physical description

Silver-gilt ring made from a band of sheet metal which splits at the shoulders and widens to form the bezel. The space at the shoulders and bezel is covered with a cast openwork design of stylised plants on the shoulders which support the half figure of a crowned Virgin in an aureole holding the Christ Child within a circle of roses on the front.

Place of Origin

Scandinavia (probably, made)
austria (possibly, made)


1700-1830 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 2.4 cm, Width: 2.3 cm, Depth: 2 cm

Object history note

Waterton Collection

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt ring with an openwork image of the The Virgin and Child, Scandinavia, 1700-1830.




Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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