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memento mori / finger-ring

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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Finger-ring; enamelled gold 'memento mori' , the shoulders decorated with coloured scrolls, the quatrefoil bezel with black and white enamelled skull. Round the skull the inscription MEMENTO MORI. Goldsmith's mark on back of bezel.

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.9 inches
    • Length: 0.7 inches (bezel)
    • Weight: 163 grains
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        reverse of bezel
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        cursive script letter within shield.
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1912. Catalogue of Finger Rings:
    'Found at Canterbury. On the back of the bezel is a goldsmith's mark, an H within a shield'.

  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 816 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


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