- Museum number
Gold finger-ring with the bezel enamelled as a black and white mask with rose diamond eyes and another diamond on either side. Opens to reveal a compartment. The reverse of bezel is enamelled in green and the hoop is enamelled in black with an inscription in gold letters. Image on right.
- Production date
Width: 0.80 centimetres (mask)
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 307:
Several finger-rings with masks have survived and are usually said to be connected with the Venetian Carnival. For a comparable mask ring containing a heart, in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, see Gere 1981 (p.111, no.236). For five similar finger-rings, one of which contains an enamelled pictorial inscription with the message La clef du coeur, see Dalton 1912 (nos 1730-1732a). (Charlotte Gere)
- On display (G46/dc22)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Cameo Corner, 26 Museum Street, London WC1. Original invoice for £135 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 4.9.70, described as 'Enamel on gold mask ring (French) "Sous le masque la verite", diamond on each side of mask'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.47 (masterlist number)