Ring by Unknown Artist

The central bezel depicts a winged and haloed bust holding a book with the right hand raised in a gesture signifying speech or blessing; this may represent the archangel Michael, or possibly the evangelist St Matthew.


Details

Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diameter: 2.15 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £17,000)
Acquired in:
2005
Vendor:
Les Enluminures Ltd

There is a six petalled rosette either side of the bezel and the rest of the hoop contains equal-armed crosses.

Provenance

Private collector, USA; Les Enluminures Ltd, Chicago. Previous history unknown but most likely an illegal export from England to the United States.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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