- Museum number
Gold finger-ring with a bezel containing an oval piece of silk embroidered with hair and bordered with sapphires. Image centre.
- Production date
- 1800 (earlier?)
Width: 1.70 centimetres (bezel)
- Curator's comments
- Text from H.G. catalogue:
Bibl. Gere 1981, pl.273. (C.G.)
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl. 273.
The curious practice of embroidering on silk with hair is here used to imitate moss-agate, which was much prized. The embroidered silk is enclosed under glass and bordered with flat-cut topazes. Other examples of hair-embroidery show landscapes or mourning scenes. This sort of minute, time-consuming work was designed to occupy over-abundant leisure.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.212 (masterlist number)