Important Jewish Marriage Ring

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An important Jewish-marriage ring; hoop large and broad gold band, with filigree bosses enriched with little flowers in between, on which are loops of twisted gold wire (one is missing); twisted wires along the edges and white and blue enamel; on top is a hinged gable roof with blue enamel tiles that opens; Central or Eastern Europe, 17th or 18th century
weight: 16.1 grams

The Jewish custom of giving a marriage-ring goes back to the first half of the fourteenth century. As gemstones were not allowed, many have colourful enamelled decorations. These ceremonial and talismanic rings were used only for the wedding ceremony. This one is certainly not practical to wear. Characteristic of Jewish marriage-rings is the iconographic feature of an architectural bezel, at times with a complete house on it that symbolises the bride and groom's future home or the Temple of Jerusalem. Jewish marriage-rings sometimes even bear the inscription 'Mazal Tov' in Hebrew (good luck) on the base of the gable roof.

Literature: British Museum, London (from the Waddesdon Bequest and Rothschild Collection, Tait 1986, no. 51; Alice and Louis Koch Collection (Chadour, vol. II, nos. 1076 – 1078 with a full account of the possible Transylvanian origin of these rings).
Details
Place of Origin
Unknown
Date of Manufacture
17th or 18th century
Period
18th Century
Metal
18k Gold
Condition
Excellent
Weight
16.1g
Dealer Location
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU1232641823
Address
Kunsthandel Inez Stodel
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 65
Amsterdam 1017 DD
NL
+31 858889505
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