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Finger Ring with a Cross

Date:
450–525
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 5/8 x 13/16 in. (1.6 x 2.1 cm) bezel: 5/8 x 5/8 x 1/8 in. (1.6 x 1.6 x 0.3 cm) band: 13/16 x 1/4 in. (2 x 0.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.192.229
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Most rings were purely decorative in nature, sometimes using Christian symbols. Others, with monograms or names, also served as seals for impressing documents.
Stanislas Baron, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Wagner de Kertesz, Margarita. Historia Universal de las Joyas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Centurion, 1947. p. 300.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 30, 31, pp. 29-30.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 222, 352, fig. 19.11.

Hadjadj, Reine. Bagues Mérovingiennes: Gaule du Nord. Paris: Chevau-Légers, 2007. no. 574, p. 393.



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