French or German
Object Place: Europe, Russia
Height x width (bezel): 1 x 1.3 cm (3/8 x 1/2 in.) Height x width (shank): 2.1 x 2.2 cm (13/16 x 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Iron, gold and silver
Not On View
Possibly a guild ring with an octagonal bezel featuring a stag, an altar and text. There are Latin inscriptions at the top and bottom. Both inscriptions are in cursive. In the center the figure has his raised front leg resting on an altar with a leafy branch. There are initials on the side: “GK.” Each shoulder has applied silver and gold floral decoration. The shank has impressed dot decoration.
Latin inscription at top: "Momento mori." At bottom: "Omnia hic."
Moscow. William D. Boardman Collection; 1901, gift of Mrs. Alice L. Boardman
Gift of Mrs. Alice L. Boardman, The William D. Boardman Collection