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Ring brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Scandinavia (possibly, made)
    Hungary (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1300-1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, silver gilt, previously set with gems and possibly pearls

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 6, shelf C, box 1

This large and elaborate brooch is decorated with fabulous beasts, possibly lions and eagles, within openwork settings. It is now missing the original gem stones, which may have included pearls set in the scalloped rim. The close similarities between this and another brooch that was found in Hungary, suggest that this may possibly have been made there.

Physical description

Ring brooch, silver, silver gilt, the base of six-lobed form with open centre, with scalloped and hatched edge, some damage and loss to the edge The six lobes are each set with openwork scrolling foliage that supports alternately a lion and eage. Between each lobe is a setting for gemstones, one setting missing, all the stones now missing. At the outer point of each lobe is another setting for gemstones, or more probably pearls, also now missing. The pin with a hooked end that fits within an opening in the base. The underside of plain silver.

Place of Origin

Scandinavia (possibly, made)
Hungary (possibly, made)


1300-1400 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, silver gilt, previously set with gems and possibly pearls


Height: 2 cm, Diameter: 7.7 cm

Descriptive line

Ring brooch, silver, silver gilt, of lobed form with lions and eagles. Scandinavia or Hungary, 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. 31. p. 500.
Campbell, Marian, Medieval Jewellery in Europe 1100-1500, London, V&A Publishing, 2009, p. 62, fig. 62


Silver; Gold



Subjects depicted

Eagle (bird); Lion; Scroll-work


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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