1 of 9 images

Medieval Zoomorphic Sapphire Gold Ring

About

Medieval zoomorphic sapphire ring. An important piece, horizontally set with a sapphire cabochon, originally used as a bead with lengthwise drill hole, in a closed back collet setting, bezel gripped either side by two pairs of gaping mouths of animals, possibly dragons, with their bodies flowing round the band, their forelegs outstretched towards their heads, their hindlegs swallowed by gaping snakes whose tails intertwine to form the rest of the band. Tested yellow gold, approximately 9.52g in weight, circa 12th - 14th century. UK finger size Q. Accompanied by documentation stating that this piece was found at Backwell, North Somerset in 2012; reference GLO-40F421 under the Portable Antiquities Scheme, with supporting report from the British Museum declaring this item is Treasure, Treasure reference 2012 T690. Accompanied by an X-ray fluorescence analysis report summary stating the composition of the metal. Sapphire identified by Raman spectroscopy. During the 12th - 15th century, medieval rings featuring monsters or dragons with gaping mouths were a popular decorative feature, especially in conjunction with the collet and the bezel. See Cherry, J. 'Medieval Rings in The Ring: From Antiquity to the Twentieth Century', p.56. Further examples of rings with monsters' heads can be seen in the British Museum, items AF. 1867 and AF.1000.

Details

  • Creator
    Unknown
  • Of the Period
  • Date of manufacture
    12th to 14th century
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller location
    London, GB
  • Seller reference number
    19973
  • Reference number
    LU186203442

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Recognized
Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2011
Typical response time: 13 hrs
Located in London, GB
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Antique 17th century AD Post Medieval sapphire ...
Unknown
Post Medieval sap phire ring. Set centrally with an octagonal emerald-cut natural unenhanced sapphire in a closed back rubover setting with an approximate weight of 3.50 carats, to a...
Antique Circa 14th Century Medieval sapphire go...
Unknown
Medieval sapphire ring. An impressive ring, set with a cabochon natural unenhanced sapphire in a closed back rubover setting, to a drop shape collet, the base inscribed 'MARIA + ADIV...
Medieval Point Cut Diamond Gold Solitaire Ring,...
Unknown
Medieval point cut diamond solitaire ring. Set with a square point cut diamond in a closed back rubover setting with an approximate weight of 1.00 carats, to a quatrefoil design, the...
Medieval garnet ring, circa 14th century.
Unknown
Medieval garnet ring. Set with a square garnet in a closed back rubover setting, to a quatrefoil design, the raised box shaped collet with four curving cusps, carved decoration to re...
You May Also Like
GRS Certified 12.47 Carat Natural Sapphire and ...
Unknown
White gold ring mounted with natural unheated Sapphire weighing 12.47 carats, and 2 half moon weighing 0,91 carats in total,in a setting paved with brillants cut diamonds weighing 0....
Retro 70.68 Carat Aquamarine and Ruby Gold Ring
Unknown
18k yellow gold ring housing an astoundingly large and most impressive aquamarine, weighing 70.68 carats. Larger stones in this fine color are not in abundance, making this retro tre...
Christoph Blatter & Sparkles Diamond and Gold Ring
Christoph Blatter
A stunning ring that delicately cradles an elevated stone. The effect is pure and simple.
GIA Report 3.03 Carat Radiant Cut Diamond Yello...
J. Birnbach
A delicate and lovely piece, this 18 karat ring features a 3.03 carat radiant-cut diamond with J color and VVS2 clarity set in white gold prongs atop a thin yellow gold ring shank. S...
8.95 Carat Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline Diamond...
Unknown
Centering a Beautiful Neon Blue Green 8.95ct oval Paraiba Tourmaline from Brazil; measuring approx. 15.4mm x 12.4mm surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds, 0.45tctw; Ring size: 6...
Platinum Blue Sapphire Princess Cut Diamonds En...
Clean contemporary lines for this elegant platinum ring set with a single 3.24ct oval natural sapphire from Sri Lanka. The rare central gemstone is star and step cut and enhanced by ...
Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Ring 2.01 Carat
Unknown
A luxurious 18k white gold diamond engagement ring. The ring comprises of a emerald cut fancy intense yellow diamond with a total weight of 2.01ct and VVS2 clarity. The diamond is co...
Princess Cut Diamond Ring 2.01 Carat GIA Certified
Unknown
An outstanding single stone princess cut diamond ring set in 18k white gold. The princess cut diamond weighs 2.01ct, is G colour and VS1 clarity. The diamond is set within a contempo...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries