PAS-A33562: Medieval finger-ring (gold, inscribed)

Rights Holder: Ian Richardson
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FINGER RING

Unique ID: PAS-A33562

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A medieval finger-ring consisting of a simple band with raised borders. It is inscribed with the names of the three magi:

*YASPAR . MELCHIOR . BALTASAR

The names of the magi were believed to have curative powers in the middle ages. They were considered especially effective in cases of epilepsy.

The finger-ring dates from the fifteenth century and examination at the British Museum has confirmed the metal to be gold. The object contains at least 10 per cent of that precious metal by weight.

Notes:

The find qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Kirklees Cultural Services
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2002T284

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st March 2002

Personal details

Recorded by: Mr Ian Richardson
Identified by: Mr James Robinson

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2002T284

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Calderdale (Metropolitan District)
District: Calderdale (Metropolitan District)
Parish or ward: Brighouse (Metropolitan District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE1622
Four figure Latitude: 53.69420194
Four figure longitude: -1.75916614
1:25K map: SE1622
1:10K map: SE12SE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Kirklees Cultural Services

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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