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Ring

  • Object:

    Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Jerusalem (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Incised silver

  • Museum number:

    1005-1871

  • 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 described at that time as modern Syrian.

It was probably made as a souvenir for Christian pilgrims visiting Jerusalem. The five interlocking crosses were the heraldic symbol of the medieval Kingdom of Jerusalem, and have been widely used as a symbol of the city in modern times. The spray which surrounds the crosses was a common motif on 19th-century Ottoman silver; it may represent ears of corn or olive branches.

Physical description

Silver seal ring with a vertical oval bezel engraved with the Cross of Jerusalem (a cross potent between four plain crosslets) with two branches on either side which cross at the bottom to form a wreath, and the word ‘Jerusalem’ in Hebrew characters (inverted) above.

Place of Origin

Jerusalem (made)

Date

1800-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Incised silver

Marks and inscriptions

ירושלים
Jerusalem
At top of bezel, inverted.

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.9 cm

Descriptive line

Silver seal ring engraved with a Jerusalem cross within a wreath and the word 'Jerusalem' in Hebrew script above, Jerusalem (Israel), 1800-1850.

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Cross

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity; Judaism

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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