Ring with the Name of Pope Paul II (r. 1464–71)

Date: 1464–71

Culture: Italian, Rome

Medium: Gilt brass, blue glass

Dimensions: L. 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.); L, of bezel 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.)

Classification: Metalwork-Gilt Bronze

Credit Line: Purchase, Bequest of George Blumenthal, by exchange, Rogers Fund, and Bequest of Bernard M. Baruch, by exchange, 1989

Accession Number: 1989.79


At the corners of the bezel are emblems of the four Evangelists, and on the sides are the shield of Paul II and that of the French crown. Papal rings may have been used at investitures or in establishing diplomatic credentials.