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found at Weisdale Voe, Shetland

Postcard of Ring.
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This gold finger ring was found at Weisdale Voe in Shetland. It dates from the 16th century.

The ring has a rose-styled bezel engraved in the centre with a cross. The band is engraved with the words 'AVE M[ARIA] GRAC'.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-606-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NJ 124
Date: 14th century
16th century
Material: Gold. Inscription: AVE M[ARIA] GRAC [IA PLENA]
Dimensions: 20 mm D
What: Ring, finger
Subject: Jewellery : finger rings (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Weisdale Voe
Description: Gold ring with a rose-shaped bezel with a cross in its centre and "AVE M[ARIA] GRAC [IA PLENA]" inscribed round the hoop, 14th century, found on the shores of Weisdale Voe, Shetland
  • Caldwell, D. H. (ed). Angels, Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1982 
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