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finger-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1978,1002.47

  • Description

    Gold finger-ring with the bezel enamelled as a black and white mask with rose diamond eyes and another diamond on either side. Opens to reveal a compartment. The reverse of bezel is enamelled in green and the hoop is enamelled in black with an inscription in gold letters. Image on right.

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 0.8 centimetres (mask)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        SOUS LE MASQUE LA VERITE
      • Inscription Translation

        Under the mask, truth
  • Curator's comments

    Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 307:
    Several finger-rings with masks have survived and are usually said to be connected with the Venetian Carnival. For a comparable mask ring containing a heart, in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, see Gere 1981 (p.111, no.236). For five similar finger-rings, one of which contains an enamelled pictorial inscription with the message La clef du coeur, see Dalton 1912 (nos 1730-1732a). (Charlotte Gere)

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  • Bibliography

    • Gere et al 1984 307 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1978

  • Acquisition notes

    Cameo Corner, 26 Museum Street, London WC1. Original invoice for £135 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 4.9.70, described as 'Enamel on gold mask ring (French) "Sous le masque la verite", diamond on each side of mask'.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1978,1002.47

  • Additional IDs

    • HG.47 (masterlist number)
Finger-ring; gold; bezel: enamelled black and white mask; rose diamond eyes; compartment; reverse of bezel: enamelled in green; hoop: enamelled in black with inscription in gold letters.

Group of Objects

Finger-ring; gold; bezel: enamelled black and white mask; rose diamond eyes; compartment; reverse of bezel: enamelled in green; hoop: enamelled in black with inscription in gold letters.

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