Finger ring by Unknown Artist

This ring is engraved inside and out with flowers and leaves, interspersed with an inscription in French.

Details

Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diameter: 1.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£312 ( Total: £1,250)
Acquired in:
2010
Vendor:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

'+ TANT QUE MURAI +VOUZ CEROIRE', which can be translated as 'Until I die I will be yours' or 'As I grow older, I will encircle you'. The sentiments suggest that the ring may have served as a marriage ring and the museum intend to include it in their 2009-10 exhibition entitled 'A Romantic Proposal’. It was originally enamelled although all the enamel has now gone. It is likely to be English, as at this date the English nobility spoke French. It adds to the museum's medieval collections which mainly derive from excavations within Staffordshire.

Provenance

Discovered by a metal detectorist in Staffordshire and declared Treasure in 2008.

Venue details

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Bethesda Street, Hanley, STOKE-ON-TRENT Staffordshire ST1 3DW 01782 232 323 www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/pmag

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 11am – 4pm

Please see the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery website for Christmas opening

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