The Middleham ring by Unknown Artist

The exterior of the ring is engraved out for enamel.

Details

Medium:
Gold with enamelling
Dimensions:
2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£11,495 ( Total: £45,980; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1992
Vendor:
Christie's

The inscription of twelve letters 'S', the insignia used by the Lancastrian Kings of England is left in reserve. The interior of the ring is engraved with the word 'Sovereynly' which can be interpreted as 'in a lordly manner' and suggests the ring was owned by a member of the court or a leading noble of the period.

Provenance

Discovered 1991, Middleham, N.Yorks; Christie's 1991.

Venue details

Yorkshire Museum Museum Gardens, YORK North Yorkshire YO1 7FR 01904 687687 www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.81)

Daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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