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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (south, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold, set with a layered agate cameo

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.555-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 8, shelf c, box 22

This ring of enamelled gold is set with an onyx cameo representing the head of Medusa. The shoulders and oval bezel are chased with cartouches, masks and foliage. The elaborate and colourful setting is typical of South German work around 1580.

Physical description

Ring of enamelled gold. Oval bezel set with a layered agate cameo representing the head of Medusa. The shoulders and bezel chased with cartouches, masks and foliage.

Place of Origin

Germany (south, made)

Date

ca. 1580 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold, set with a layered agate cameo

Object history note

Pforzheim Exhibition RF.96/1572. Salting Bequest

Descriptive line

Ring, enamelled gold with cameo head of Medusa in layered agate, South Germany, about 1580

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

Venturelli, Paola, Gioielli e gioiellieri Milanesi: storia, arte, moda (1450-1630), 1996, p.132
Vanke, Francesca. 'Medusa cameo ring'. In: The Paston Treasure. Microcosm of the Known World, ed. by Andrew Moore, Nathan Flis, and Francesca Vanke. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018. ISBN: 9780300232905 030023290X. Published to accompany the exhibitions 'The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World' and 'The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World', co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, on view 15 February-27 May 2018, and Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, on view 23 June-23 September 2018.

Materials

Gold; Agate; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelled

Subjects depicted

Foliage; Cartouches; Masks

Categories

ELISE; Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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