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Finger-ring; memento mori; gold; enamelled; shoulders decorated with tulips; bezel representing on one side woman's head, on other side grinning skull; at top is diamond in oval setting.
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Diameter: 0.92 inches
Weight: 36 grains
- Curator's comments
- Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.225.
This memento-mori ring with a swivelling bezel, which reveals a plump living head on one side and a grinning death's-head on the other, is a poignant reminder of mortality. It belongs to a group of rings from the same workshop, another example of which survives in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The form of this type of memento-mori ring has altered very little since the publication of Woeiriot's design book (Pl. 212) more than a century earlier, but such specifically macabre reminders of mortality were shortly to be supplanted by the more sentimental taste of the eighteenth century.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1993 11 Jun-3 Oct, Belgium, Antwerp, Museum voor Kunstambachten Sterckshof, A Sparkling Age
- Much enamel missing.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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