- Museum number
Finger-ring; gold; engraved; one shoulder depicts Virgin and Child, other depicts St Thomas à Becket before altar with sword piercing head; trefoil bezel containing diamond.
- Production date
Diameter: 1 inches
Weight: 158 grains
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings
Proc. Soc. Ant. london, 1st series, i, p.165.
For Thomas a Becket upon rings cf. Proc. Soc. Ant. xii, p.55.
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.185.
This ring combines an ornamental setting for the diamond with shoulders engraved in the fashion of iconographic rings. The pyramidal diamond is simply cut and set into a scalloped trefoil setting. a standing crowned Virgin with Child is engraved on one shoulder; on the other St Thomas a Becket stands before an altar; a sword pierces his head from above. In the centre of the back of the hoop a heart has been engraved.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 23 Jun-9 Oct, BM, 'Treasures of Heaven'
1994 12 Aug-15 Nov, Belgium, Bruges, Groeningemuseum, Hans Memling
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number