Marriage ring

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

Object Place: Europe, Italy (?)


1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; gold, enamel

On View

Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery (Gallery 104)


Europe, Jewelry



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.


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


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

Credit Line

Centennial Gift Anonymous