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.
- Made in: Italy
- Diameter: 1 inches
- Length: 0.63 inches (bezel)
- Weight: 245 grains
Inscription ContentVERBUM CARO FACTUM EST E/T ABITABIT IN NOBIS IhOANES.
Inscription ContentIhOANES DE COLTARIO.
Inscription CommentWords separated by quatrefoils.
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.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCM1588
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