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signet-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1872,0604.377

  • Description

    Gold signet-ring; faceted hoop engraved with reserved inscription. Flat shoulders decorated with shields of arms: paly. Octagonal bezel engraved with same shield, but oval, surrounded by inscription with words separated by quatrefoils. Nielloed ornament beneath bezel facets.

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 1 inches
    • Length: 0.63 inches (bezel)
    • Weight: 245 grains
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Gothic
      • Inscription Position

        hoop
      • Inscription Content

        VERBUM CARO FACTUM EST E/T ABITABIT IN NOBIS IhOANES.
      • Inscription Comment

        Reserved.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Gothic
      • Inscription Position

        bezel
      • Inscription Content

        IhOANES DE COLTARIO.
      • Inscription Comment

        Words separated by quatrefoils.
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings, no. 259:
    For the legend see under no. 229, (which refers to no. 895 for the verse Verbum caro:)

    Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings, no 895::
    The words 'Verbum caro' are part of a text (John i. 14) which has also occurs on WADD 231 and AF 1023. Rings bearing this legend are sometimes believed to be magical but without precise evidence, such as direct association with a magical formula, this should not be assumed.

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 258 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1872

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1872,0604.377

Gold signet-ring; faceted hoop engraved with reserved inscription.  Flat shoulders decorated with shields of arms: paly.  Octagonal bezel engraved with same shield, but oval, surrounded by inscription with words separated by quatrefoils.  Nielloed ornament beneath bezel facets.

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