- Museum number
Gold signet-ring; hoop of triangular section; hollowed chased shoulders with a merchant's mark on the lower part of each. Oval bezel containing sard engraved in intaglio with a laureate imperial bust. Hoop and bezel inscribed.
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Diameter: 0.90 inches
Length: 0.52 inches (bezel)
Weight: 118 grains
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings, no. 231:
The gem is perhaps contemporary. For the legend "Iesus autem . . .", cf. AF 1010, AF 568, AF 605, and ring in the Pichon Collection, Sale Catalogue, 1897, no. 66.
Drawings from Dalton 1912 of bezel, shoulders and hoop reproduced in Diana Scarisbrick, 'Rings: Symbols of power, wealth and affection', London 1993, p. 14.
Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
In a gold ring.
(Dalton did not note the inscriptions).
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl. 139.
The oval bezel containing a sard (a type of carnelian) - engraved in intaglio in the Middle Ages with an imperial bust in profile - is inscribed: +NOARIU DE PETRUCIU MERCATAT (sic) ('Noarius of Petrucius, merchant). The oval bezel is slightly raised up from the shoulders of the ring, where a merchant's mark (a cross above a circle, Fig. 10d) confirms that this ring was the property of an Italian merchant. The hoop of triangular section is engraved with the lombardic inscription: IESUS AUTEM TRANSIENS PER MEDIUM ILLORUM IBAT IESUS NOMINE TOU S< ('But He passing through the midst of them went His way'), this being the biblical verse Luke IV: 30 thought to be a protection against thieves, together with the phrase, 'Jesus your name is sacred'.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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