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Signet ring

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (possibly, made)
    Italy (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold with a bloodstone intaglio

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.218-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 9, shelf B, box 20

Physical description

Enamelled gold ring, the oval bezel with a bloodstone intaglio of the head of St. John the Baptist set in the footed cup. The bezel opens to reveal inside a compass and dial with an enamelled cover.

Place of Origin

Germany (possibly, made)
Italy (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1580 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold with a bloodstone intaglio

Dimensions

Height: 3.1 cm, Width: 2.6 cm, Depth: 1.7 cm

Object history note

ex Guilhou Collection

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold ring, the oval bezel with a bloodstone intaglio of St. John the Baptist. The bezel opens to reveal inside a compass and dial, Germany or Italy, about 1580.

Materials

Gold; Bloodstone

Subjects depicted

Intaglios; Christianity; Faith; Compasses (direction indicators)

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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