Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wedding medallion

17th century
Silver, parcel-gilt
Diameter: 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm)
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Friedman, 1960
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Obverse: Settet mij gelijek enen segel op uwe herte ende gelijck eenen segel op uwen arme: want de liefde is sterck gelijck de doot ende yuer is vast gelijck de helle. Cantica 8 6;

Reverse: huijs ende goet erven de ouders, maer een vernuflich wijf comt van den heere. pro 19 Een vrint comt totten anderen in der noot, maer de man ende wijf veel meer. ecl 5 [sic]

The English text for the legends, as found in the King James version of the Bible:
Obverse: Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave. [Closer to the Dutch is the Douay trans.: ...for love is strong as death, jealousy as hard as hell.] Song of Solomon 8:6
Reverse: House and riches are inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:14
A friend and companion never meet amiss; but above both is a wife with her husband. Ecclesiasticus 40.23
Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Friedman (until 1960; to MMA)
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