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found at Broughty Ferry, Dundee

Postcard of Ring.
© National Museums Scotland


This gold finger ring was found in the ruins of a cottage at Broughty Ferry in Dundee. It dates from the mid 15th century.

The iconographic ring has a centrally-ridged bezel engraved with the Madonna and Child and an ecclesiastic. The figures are reserved in metal against a black enamel background and the band is ornamented with enamelled stripes.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-583-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NJ 54
Date: Mid 15th century
Material: Gold
Dimensions: 24 mm H x 22 mm W x 11 mm depth
What: Ring, finger
Subject: Jewellery : finger rings (NMAS Classification)
Who: Virgin and Child
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose
Description: Gold finger ring with the signet part divided into hexagonal panels, with a figure of the Virgin and Child in one and an ecclesiastic in the other, from Melrose, mid 15th century
  • Caldwell, D. H. (ed). Angels, Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1982 
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