Jewish Betrothal Ring by Unknown Artist

Within the Jewish community, betrothal rings were common in south Germany from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.


Details

Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diameter: 3.8 cm
Acquired in:
1938
Presented by:
Viscount Bearsted through The Art Fund

They were often given by the fiancé to his bride-to-be one year before the marriage and were normally too big to wear regularly. Inside the container which sits atop the ring is a Hebrew inscription which reads 'Good Luck.' The bezel has been styled after Romanesque synagogues.

Provenance

Mrs Holbrooke, Bladon Castle; Christies, 1938.

Venue details

Jewish Museum London 129-131 Albert Street, Camden Town, LONDON London NW1 7NB 020 7284 7384 www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

Sun – Thu, 10am – 5pm
Fri, 10am – 2pm

Closed on Jewish Festivals (see website for details)

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