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Finger-ring; silver; bezel formed by two clasped hands; thin, flat hoop; transverse ridges at wrists; the earliest example of a 'fidelity ring'; a common type from the 13th century onwards; the clasped hands represent faithfulness, particularly in love and marriage.
- Production date
Diameter: 20 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Silver finger-ring from the Lark Hill hoard
Text from Zarnecki et al 1984, see bibliography:
'The firm date which can be assigned to the deposition of the hoard is of central importance to the reconstruction of the chronology of Romanesque rings. In addition, the hoard provides valuable evidence of the types of ring which were commonly worn in Henry II's reign; the use of cheap materials to simulate precious stones acts as a corrective to the notion that only the very wealthy wore rings in the 12th century. On the other hand, the presence of a few foreign coins in the hoard means that the English origins of the Lark Hill rings can be no more than a strong presumption.'
J. Y. Akerman, 'Account of Silver Rings and Coins discovered near Worcester', Archaeologia, XXXVI 1855, pl. xvii, nos 1-6
Cherry, 1981a, nos.111-14
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994 28 Jan-8 May, Italy, Rome, Museo di Palazzo Venezia, I Normanni Popolo d’Europe (1030-1200)
1988 Mar 21-Oct 30, Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, 'Gerald of Wales-the Crusading Priest'
1984 5 Apr-8 Jul, London, Hayward Gallery, English Romanesque Art 1066-1200
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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