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Finger-ring; silver-gilt with octagonal amethyst intaglio inscribed EBB for Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861).
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Diameter: 0.80 centimetres (bezel)
Diameter: 1.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Fannie wrote to Kenyon in December 1913 that the ring was enlarged for her to wear. For Fannie's letter to Kenyon and further discussion, see J. Rudoe, 'Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Taste for Archaeological-Style Jewelry', in Bulletin of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. vol. 83, Fall 1986, no. 353, pp. 22-32.
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.296b.
The Browning finger-rings were worn by the poets Robert Browning and his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning and both refer to her - the one worn by Robert being engraved: BA, which was her family pet name, and the other being engraved with her initials 'EBB'. Two other inscribed rings belonged to Robert Browning: the one that he wore on his watch-chain, engraved with the Greek inscription: AEI (meaning 'forever'), which was reputedly made by the firm of Castellani in Rome, and another, also with a Latin inscription: VIS MEA ('my strength'), which belongs to Balliol College, Oxford.
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- Acquisition notes
- Given by Robert Browning to his daughter-in-law, Fannie Browning, as part of his wife's jewel case in 1888. Given by Fannie in 1913 to Sir Frederic Kenyon, Director of British Museum from 1909-30 and editor of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's letters. Bequeathed by Kenyon in 1952.
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