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About this object

  • ID:

    80.33

  • Production date:

    Late Medieval; mid 15th century

  • Location:

    In Store

  • This gold 'posy' ring (that is, one with an inscription), set with a spinel (the stone), has a love message inscribed around the outside. It says 'pour amor, say douc', meaning 'for love, so sweet'. The inscription is in French, the language of courtly love in medieval times. It seems to have been quite common for those who could afford it to give posy rings as symbols of love - the medieval poet Chaucer mentions, in his 'Legend of Good Women', the sending of letters, brooches and rings to a woman. This ring was found on the Thames foreshore at Bankside.

  • Measurements

    DM (ext) 20 mm; DM (int) 17 mm; T (hoop) 6 mm; WT 6 g

  • Materials

    gold; enamel; spinel

  • Last Updated

    2024-05-10

FURTHER INFORMATION
  • NUMBER OF ITEMS

    1

  • STATUS

    permanent collection

  • COPYRIGHT HOLDER

    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    Southwark (found)

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