Medieval Bronze Signet Ring with Anthropomorphic Motif

£ 95.00

A Medieval bronze ring featuring a round hoop and an engraved  circular bezel. The circular, flattened surface features the incised motif of an anthropomorphic figure to the right. His head is surrounded by a circular marking, possibly indicating a halo. The designed is enclosed within a solid frame which runs along the rim.

Closest UK ring size: O

Date: Circa 15th century AD
Provenance: Ex private MN collection, London, acquired 2000s.
Condition: Fine Condition


SKU: GW-12 Category: Tags: ,

Signet rings occur in various ancient civilisations, as they were used to ‘sign’  documents through the impression on hot wax of the symbol on the ring which would lead to the owner. During the Medieval period, seal tings were widely used in trading to ensure the authenticity and security of a document or letter. The social status of the owner was reflected in the size and media of such seal rings, with the combination of motives engraved on the bezel providing further insight into the owner’s identity, such as their personal influence in a family.

Weight 4.3 g
Dimensions L 2.5 x W 2.3 cm



Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item AF.767

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