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finger-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.1037

  • Description

    Finger-ring; gold; flat hoop; irregular oval bezel containing sapphire; inscription around hoop.

  • Date

    • 14thC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.86 inches
    • Length: 0.2 inches (bezel)
    • Weight: 46 grains
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        hoop
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        IEO:EIM:MVN:POTAGE
      • Inscription Transliteration

        J'aime mon potage.
  • Curator's comments

    According to the Braybrooke catalogue, 'A narrow band gold ring set with a small sapphire: it is inscribed on the outside of the hoop with ieoeim mvn. pot.age. The first letters have been read as Hebrew for eloim, and the remainder for mundi potens agen: or Jehovah all powerful ruler of the universe. This mixture of Hebrew and Latin words in inscriptions of the kind is not uncommon, and it is probably another form of charm for cramp or against evil. Such being the case, the above interpretation of this inscription did not seem improbable, but since it has been in my possession a very simple reading has been suggested which gets rid of the Hebrew letters, and presents a more curious though less dignified sentiment. It is "je. aime. mon. potage." In the writing of the 14th century o and e are used for a: oeim is thus aim. The je before them is plain, and the v in mun for o, is not unusual; potage is at full length. This is a more rational solution; the Hebrew reading is a far-fetched one, since all the letters are alike, and capital; nor is there much reason to suppose that the last letter in the inscription is an abbreviation. The sapphire appears to be a favourite stone with Churchmen. This ring was purchased and described as found at Valentine's Island, County Kerry, purchased in April, 1853.

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 918 bibliographic details
    • Braybrooke 1873 no 24 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired by Lord Braybrooke in 1853.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.1037

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