Friday, 27 November 2015

Medieval iconographic ring

On November 1st during a club dig I was delighted to find a ring. It looks like a Medieval iconographic ring in silver-gilt. It has five bezels or faces:
This is my interpretation of the engraving on the bezels:
- IHS = Greek shorthand for Christ
- figure of Mary with radiates from head
- two faces have trifoliate leaves representing the trinity
- M = Mary
Weight = 7.16g, internal diameter = 18.5mm.
It only fits my little finger so I believe it is a ladies ring, possibly a nun's wedding band or a wealthy ladies ring.
I have reported it to our Sussex FLO (Finds Liaison Officer) at Lewes museum, and it will be interesting to see the eventual British Museum report once they have received and appraised it.
figure of Mary
trifoliate leaf

trifoliate leaf

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