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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved silver gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.244-1962

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Silver or gold 'iconographic' rings engraved with the figures of saints were particularly common in the 14th and 15th century and seem to have been a largely British type. The religious imagery was often combined with romantic inscriptions suggesting that they may sometimes have been used as love gifts or wedding rings. In 1463, John Baret of Bury St Edmunds bequeathed to 'Elizabeth .. my wyf a ryng of golde with an ymage of the Trinite' (Bury Wills, p. 36). They often feature the most venerated saints of the middle ages: Sts Christopher, Catherine, Margaret, Barbara, John the Baptist. The choice of saint was probably dictated by local loyalties, membership of confraternities devoted to a saint or the desire to invoke that saint's help in a particular matter.

Physical description

Silver gilt ring, depicting St. Anthony and St. John the Baptist with engraved sprigs on double-fluted shoulders

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Engraved silver gilt

Dimensions

Height: 2.3 cm, Width: 2.3 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Object history note

Acquired at Dunwich, Suffolk, in 1869, presumably by Sir John Evans

Descriptive line

Silver gilt ring, depicting St. Anthony and St. John the Baptist with engraved sprigs on double-fluted shoulders, England, 15th century

Techniques

Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Floral sprays; Fluting

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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