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  • Place of origin:

    Ethiopia (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with granules

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Gold band ring with a large hollow spherical bezel. The hoop is made from a band of sheet gold, covered with a tight wire zigzag pattern, with a twisted wire rim at each side. There is a granule resting on a ring of twisted wire in the centre of the band opposite the bezel, and a small pyramid of granules on each shoulder. The bezel is made from a sphere of thin gold sheet covered on the front half with rings of wire, each of which holds a granule. The rings in the row next to the plain back of the sphere are pierced instead of holding granules.

Place of Origin

Ethiopia (made)


1800-1899 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold with granules


Height: 3.6 cm, Width: 1.9 cm, Depth: 1.7 cm

Object history note

Displayed in "V and A Africa: Exploring Hidden Histories"
15th November 2012- 3rd February 2013

Descriptive line

Gold ring with a berry-shaped bezel, Ethiopia (Abyssinia), 1800-1899.



Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Africa


Metalwork Collection

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