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Ring; gold; hoop expanding to shoulders with black enamelled inscription; circular bezel cut to quatrefoil and set with with pointed diamond.
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Diameter: 19.48 millimetres
Height: 8.71 millimetres (bezel)
Weight: 4.84 grammes
- Curator's comments
- See Syson and Thornton for discussion of this ring as one likely to have been used in marriage rituals, and detailed discussion of the inscription. Illustrated as fig.45.
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.197.
The hoop of this ring expands towards the shoulders, where it divides into two grooves. In these grooves is a black-letter inscription enamelled in black: LORENZO* A LENA LENA ('from Lawrence to Lena Lena'). It provides an interesting example of the use of a black-letter inscription in Italy. A narrow neck separates the hoop from the bezel of the ring, which is divided into a scooped quatrefoil that holds a cut diamond. The diamond is cut so that a pointed ridge connects the transverse claws of the setting. This ring provides a particularly fine combination of stone, setting and decorated hoop.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018 - 2019 8 Jun - 20 Jan, Ottawa, Canadian Museum of History, Medieval Europe
2017 11 Jul – 22 Oct, Spain, CaixaForum Zaragoza, Medieval Europe.
2017 9 Mar – 18 Jun, Spain, CaixaForum Barcelona, Medieval Europe,
2016-2017 19 Oct – 5 Feb, Spain, CaixaForum Madrid, Medieval Europe,
2015-2016 11 Dec- 10 Apr, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Medieval Europe, power and legacy.
2009 15 Mar-14 Jun, USA, Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, Art and Love in Renaissance Italy
2008 17 Nov-2009 15 Feb, USA, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art and Love in Renaissance Italy
2006-2007 5 Oct-7 Jan, London, V&A, The Renaissance Home: Life and Art in the Italian House, 1400-1600
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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