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finger-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Eu1971,01.274

  • Description

    Finger ring, gilded copper alloy, cast, with deep circular box bezel and broad ridged and beaded hoop. The bezel top with a beaded rosette, the side with interlace motif; small rosettes on the shoulders and at the back of the hoop. The copper alloy contains small amounts of silver and arsenic as a whitener. Mercury gilded.

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  • Date

    • 19thC (end)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 4.2 centimetres
    • Diameter: 2.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Eth Doc 1836: 270-274,276. These rings come from various parts of the country. Their similarity, however, is due to the shape, material, technique and ornamentation. They usually have high cylindrical plates made of filligree with fine, geometrical, mainly round ornaments and traces of cheap enamel. End of the 19th century.

    Information supplementary to Eth Doc:
    For similar rings see S. Georgieva and D. Boučinski, L’Orfèvrerie Ancienne À Vraca, Sofia 1959, p.113. The large round box-like bezels are charcterisitc of Bulgarian rings from the 1700s onwards. They are known as 'stolovati', meaning 'chair-shaped'.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2011 21 Jan-11 Sep, London, British Museum, Room 2, Traditional Jewellery and Dress from the Balkans

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1971

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    Eu1971,01.274

Metal finger ring with a deep circular beaded bezel with ornamentation on the shoulders and shank.

Metal finger ring with a deep circular beaded bezel with ornamentation on the shoulders and shank.

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