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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1400-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 6, shelf B, box 15

Physical description

Gold ring inscribed in black letter iasper. melchior. baltazar.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1400-1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Engraved gold

Marks and inscriptions

inscribed iasper. melchior. baltazar.
The names of the 'Three Kings' who gave gifts to Jesus at the Nativity
in black letter


Depth: 0.4 cm, Diameter: 2.3 cm

Historical context note

The names of the Magi, or the three Kings of Cologne, may be Mithraic in origin. Belief in their amuletic powers persisted after the passing of the Middle Ages.

Descriptive line

Gold ring inscribed in black letter iasper. melchior. baltazar. (the names of the Three Kings). England, 1400-50.




Engraving (incising)


Jewellery; Metalwork; Amulets; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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