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Ring

Ring

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.257-1962

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Silver ring, with an applied small circular disc, a signet engraved with 'h' in black letter. The hoop inscribed in black letter iacpur melchior baltacar

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Engraved silver

Marks and inscriptions

inscribed iacpur melchior baltacar
The names of the 'Three Kings' who gave gifts to Jesus at the Nativity
The hoop; in black letter

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm, Width: 2.4 cm, Depth: 1 cm

Object history note

acquired by Sir John Evans in 1892

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

Silver ring, with an applied small circular disc, a signet engraved with 'h' in black letter. The hoop inscribed in black letter iacpur melchior baltacar, England, 15th century

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Engraving (incising)

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Amulets

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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