This gold finger-ring is decorated with religious imagery and is an important survival of the Medieval prayer ring, used as a focus for devotion.

Its five integrally cast bezels are each engraved with symbols of the Passion of Christ: the cross with a scourge and palm frond; the crown of thorns with a pierced heart; a column with a lance and a sponge on a staff; pliers with a hammer; and three dice (symbolising the division of Christ's robe). It is a valuable record of the proliferation of Passion imagery and prayer in daily life during the late Middle Ages prior to the Reformation and its discovery in the Epping Forest District is particularly significant in the context of Waltham Abbey's importance as a religious centre during this period.

Provenance

Discovered by a metal detector user near Abridge, Essex in 2004 and declared Treasure in 2005.


Epping Forest District Museum

39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL
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