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Finger-ring; bronze; in form of buckled strap; inscribed.
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Diameter: 1 inches
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings
The inscription is intended for Mater Dei memento mei. Cf. no. 394 and ring in Norwich Castle Museum, Catalogue, 1902, no. 1125.
Cf. Journ. Brit. Arch. Assoc. xiii, pl. xl; Arch. Inst. York Meeting, 1848, p. 16; Norwich Meeting, 1851, p. xlix; Proc. Soc. Ant. London, iv, 1867, p. 16.
Pencil note in Dalton, 'another recently fd at Canterbury, Royal Museum'. n.d.
Handwritten note in Dalton:
Bayerisches Nat. Museum, Munich has comparable examples of these rings.
Dr. Himmelsheber of the above, 20/9/78.
According to the Braybrooke catalogue, 'A band finger ring of stout bronze; one end of which passes through a loop, overlaps the other, and is kept in its place by a small knob projecting from its surface. The words "Mater Dei memento" are inscribed on the outside the hoop, separated by two square headed crosses. This ring was found in a field near Stump-Cross, Chesterford, on the property of Mr Green, by whom it was presented to me in 1853.'
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl. 146.
This bronze ring in the form of a buckled strap is engraved with the legend: MATER DEI MEMANTO (sic) ('Mother of God remember me') in reserve. The legend is known on fine gold rings of the late fourteenth century such as the Thame ring (Pl. 152) but was later used in this type of ring, which was produced in large numbers. The buckled strap could be adjusted quite easily to fit any size finger. Such rings were likely to have been sold, rather like pilgrim badges, to pilgrims at a shrine.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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