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  • Place of origin:

    Balkans (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze and niello

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ring was acquired by the Museum in 1871 as part of a large collection of rings which had been assembled by the Victorian scholar Edmund Waterton. It was believed at that time to be 17th-century Albanian but may be later. Old-style rings remained in use in the Balkans, as part of traditional costume, up to the early 20th century.

Physical description

Bronze ring with a shallow D-section shank and flat oval bezel with a scalloped rim. The bezel is raised above the level of the shank by three props with two cylindrical holes between them. There is a stylised niello flower on the face of the bezel, and a cross on each shoulder.

Place of Origin

Balkans (made)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze and niello

Object history note

ex Waterton Collection

Descriptive line

Bronze ring with niello star on bezel, Balkans






Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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