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Ring brooch

Ring brooch

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1300-1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.50-1975

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Brooches were universally worn during the medieval period, and ring brooches are the most common type of medieval brooch to survive. Their practical function was to fasten garments together, especially at the neck. Shaped as rings, with a long central pin, these brooches varied enormously in size and in decoration. This example is bifaceted, allowing for a line of Latin inscription at the inner and outer face, rather than the more usual type which has an inscription on the front and on the back. The outer facet is inscribed 'IES MI CIN VI', the inner: 'DA VI NII LV'. The meaning of these inscriptions is obscure, and they are not easily translatable.

Physical description

Ring brooch, gold, bifacted, engraved on the obverse with inscriptions in Lombardic lettering, on the outer facet: 'IES MI CIN VI' ; on the inner facet: 'DA VI NII LV'. The meaning of these inscriptions is obscure, and they are not easily translatable. The centre point of the curved is marked by a quatrefoil on three sides, the pin head with foliate decoration.The reverse flat and without decoration.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1300-1400 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

'IES MI CIN VI'
Obverse, on the outer facet

'DA VI NII LV'
Obverse, on the inner facet

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.1 cm

Descriptive line

Ring brooch, gold, bifaceted and wih inscriptions, English, 1300-1400

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lightbown, Ronald. Medieval European Jewellery: with a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1992, cat. 15, p. 495.
Campbell, Marian, Medieval Jewellery in Europe 1100-1500, London, V&A Publishing, 2009, p. 57, fig. 56

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Quatrefoil

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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