Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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

Italian, Rome
Gilt brass, blue glass
Length: 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm);
Length (bezel): 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
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:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500
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.
Paul Wallraf , London ; [ Rainer Zietz Limited , London; to Ruth Blumka ] ; [ Ruth Blumka , New York; to Anthony Blumka ] ; [ Anthony Blumka , New York ] ; [ Blumka II Gallery , New York, until 1989; sold to MMA ]
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