Marriage ring

Central European
19th century, in the 16th–century style


Object Place: Europe, Italy (?)

Dimensions

1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

69.1096

Medium or Technique

Metal; gold, enamel

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Rings

Gold, elaborately chased and enameled. High projecting bezel in form of house with gabled roof with keyhole cutout (possibly a symbol of the shared life of the married couple). The sides of the structure are enameled with applied red enamel blossoms. The ring has enameled figural shoulders modeled with icon-masks. The underside of the ring is also enameled. The roof on the house opens and there is an enameled design on the floor.

Markings

French discharge mark ET stamped on outside of shank (1864-1893)

Provenance

1969, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1969)

Credit Line

Centennial Gift Anonymous