- Museum number
Finger-ring; gold, garnet, pearl. The wide tapering angular hoop of thin sheet gold now formed into six sections; on each shoulder three settings framed by granulation, containing two garnets above and and a pearl pierced by a pin below; the rear section with similar setting with one garnet; the bezel comprising an openwork filigree globe with granulation around the centre and at the top, surmounted by a pearl revolving around a pin with granulated head.
- Production date
- 1400 (circa)
Diameter: 45.50 millimetres
Weight: 209 grains
Width: 22 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings:
Found at Chalcis in Euboea in the first half of the nineteenth century (Archaeologia, lxii, p. 395, pl. lvi, fig. 3).
The North Italian affinities conspicuous in nos. 1819, 1820, and the rings from Chalcis in the Ashmolean, are not found in nos. 1821-4. The distiction is remarkable, for the tradition with regard to the locality is the same in both cases, and nos. 1822-5 were found with a quantity of personal ornaments (Archaeologia, as above, pp. 391 ff..
Text from Ward et al ,'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century', London 1981, no.153.
The rings found in the Chalcis Hoard, which was deposited in the fifteenth century before the end of the domination of the area in 1470, may be divided into those with Italian and those with Greek affinities. The main stones on this ring are set on the hoop. At the back of the hoop is a ruby, and on each shoulder there are two rubies and a pearl. The very elaborate bezel formed into a globe of filigree surmounted by a pearl on a revolving pin and the use of bands of pellets is not parallelled among Venetian rings and therefore suggests a more Eastern origin.
- Bibliographic references
Dalton 1912 / Franks Bequest Catalogue of the Finger Rings, Early Christian, Byzantine, Teutonic, Mediaeval and Later, Bequeathed by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, KCB, in which are included the other rings of the same period in the Museum. (no1821, p258, plXXV)
Dalton 1911a / Medieval personal ornaments from Chalcis in the British and Ashmolean Museums. (p395, pllvi, fig3)
Ward et al 1981 / The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century (no153)
- On display (G40/dc10/sG)
- Exhibition history
2013-2014 Sep-Jan, London, The V&A, Pearls
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number