Ecclesiastic Bronze Signet Ring Birds feeding from a Chalice
This is a nice medieval bronze signet ring, dating to the 13th - 14th century. The ring is cut with a device of two birds, feeding on a chalice-shaped cup. The design is reminiscent of a Roman intaglio, depicting two eagles feeding off a Greek krater. Likely the original inspiration for the medieval craftsman or scholar, who commissioned this ring to be used as a personal seal. Today it has survived in good excavated condition. Intact and with a nice patina. A detector find from Kent.
OBJECT: Signet Ring
DATE: c. 1250 - 1350 A.D.
RING SIZE: 12 1/4 (US) Y 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 25.47mm x 26.79mm x 3.35mm (bezel 17.14mm x 11.82mm x 3.01mm)
WEIGHT: 6.55 grams
PROVENANCE: originally found in Kent, Ex. Dorset collection.