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finger-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.1077

  • Description

    Love-ring; gold; engraved; broad flat hoop divided horizontally by milled band, inscription on exterior, inscribed interior depicts woman and squirrel among flowers and foliage; circular bezel containing sapphire bead.

  • Date

    • 15thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.72 inches (hoop)
    • Diameter: 0.42 inches (bezel)
    • Weight: 7.92 grammes
    • Thickness: 1.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        hoop(exterior)
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        une fame nominatiue a fait de moy son datiff par la parole genitiue en depit de lacusatiff
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        hoop(interior)
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        s(i?)s amour est infiniti(v)e ge veu este son relatiff
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings:
    Pichon Collection, Sale Catalogue, no. 68.

    Drawing from Dalton 1912 reproduced in Diana Scarisbrick, 'Rings: Symbols of power, wealth and affection', London 1993, p. 19.

    Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.198.
    The inside of this broad hoop is engraved with a lady, amidst flowers and foliage, holding a squirrel (a symbol of inconstancy) on a leash, while the outside is covered with a black-letter inscription. This reads: UNE FAME NOMINATIVE A FAIT DE MOY SON DATIFF PAR LA PAROLE GENITIVE EN DEPIT DE LACCUSSATIF ('a nominative report is given to me, the dative, by the genitive word, in spite of the accusative'). The inside is engraved: + M (ON) AMOUR EST INFINITI (V)E DE VEU ESTRE SON RELATIFF ('my love is an infinitive which wants to be in the relative'). The verse with its play on grammar recalls fifteenth century French poetry, particularly that of Charles, Duke of Orleans (1391-1465).

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  • Bibliography

    • Ward et al 1981 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1912 964 bibliographic details
    • Evans 1931 p. 15 bibliographic details
    • Robinson 2008 p. 218 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

  • Condition

    Traces of enamelling.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.1077

  • Additional IDs

    • 68 (Pichon Collection)

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