This is a rare Tudor memento mori ring, dating to the 16th century. The bezel in the form of an incurved hexagon containing in the centre a skull. Surrounded by the inscription DIE TO LIVE and foliate motifs in the corner of the hexagon. The band of the ring is a thin hoop with scrolled shoulders. Similar memento mori rings have been recorded from Ansley (WMID-9318D6), Suffolk (CAM-49BF57) and the Isle of Wight (IOW-6A11D0). This is an excellent example in wearable condition.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 1500 - 1650 A.D.
RING SIZE: 8 3/4 (US) R 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 19.84mm x 21.67mm x 1.91mm (bezel 13.47mm x 16.75mm x 1.32mm)
WEIGHT: 3.78 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Private Collection, Gloucestershire.
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