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signet-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.758

  • Description

    Signet-ring; silver gilt; inscribed oval bezel.

  • Date

    • 16thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.79 inches (hoop)
    • Length: 0.6 inches (bezel)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        bezel
      • Inscription Language

        Hebrew
      • Inscription Translation

        Ask after the peace of Jerusalem.
  • Curator's comments

    According to the Braybrooke catalogue, 'A brass ring strongly gilt, with a long oval flat signet, engraved with Hebrew characters, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem," from the cxxii Psalm. Possibly one of the rings given to tourists at Jerusalem as a certificate of their visit; called in the East, Hadji or Pilgrims' rings. Purchased in 1857.' This ring is illustrated in Braybrooke but not reproduced in Dalton.

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 507 bibliographic details
    • Braybrooke 1873 no 203 bibliographic details
  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.758

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