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Lot 8: Medieval Belt Ring

Jewelry Auction: Ancient, Asian and Ethnographic - MANY LOTS OFFERED AT NO RESERVE

by The Curator's Eye

November 30, 2016

Boston, MA, USA

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Description: This belt ring differs from known examples because the buckle terminates in a loop rather than a strap. Most surviving medieval belt rings are 14th-century English, and many were evidently sold to pilgrims at shrines. A single thin gold wire is decorated with gold dots on the hoop and terminates on one side with a belt buckle and on the other with a knot. Belt rings symbolize fidelity, promise, fertility, as well as referring to the sacred belt of the Virgin Mary.

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Provenance: Property of a distinguished lady.

Dimensions: Bezel 9 x 5 x 4 mm.; circumference 46; US size 4; UK size H

Medium: Gold

Date: 1450

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