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annular brooch

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.2683

  • Description

    Annular brooch; gold, ruby, sapphire; the obverse set alternately with rubies and sapphires and punched decoration; the pin set with a sapphire; the reverse with an enamelled inscription 'IO SUI ICI EN LIU DAMI: AMO:' (I am here in the place of the friend I love)

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 13thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 43 millimetres
    • Depth: 5.2 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Lombardic
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        'IO SUI ICI EN LIU DAMI AMO'
      • Inscription Translation

        'I AM HERE IN PLACE OF THE FRIEND I LOVE'
  • Curator's comments

    Medieval jewellery and rings were often exchanged between lovers. Some pieces bear inscriptions or posies indicating the sentiment behind the gift. Such posies were rarely the invention of the purchaser, but were usually chosen from a repetitive stock of phrases.

  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1976 no264 bibliographic details
    • Alexander & Binski 1987 no642 bibliographic details
    • Evans 1970 pl8a bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc10/sD

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2006-2007 23 Sept-7 Jan, Sheffield, Millennium Galleries, 'Art at the Rockface'
    2006 22 May-3 Sept, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 'Art at the Rockface'
    1987-1988 6 Nov-6 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.2683

Annular brooch; gold; hoop engraved and studded with eight settings containing cabochon rubies and sapphires; cabochon sapphire on pin; enamelled inscription on back of hoop.

Annular brooch; gold; hoop engraved and studded with eight settings containing cabochon rubies and sapphires; cabochon sapphire on pin; enamelled inscription on back of hoop.

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