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A Medieval gold ring brooch.  French or English, 13th century.
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11th to 15th century
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A Medieval gold ring brooch. French or English, 13th century.

A Medieval gold ring brooch.

French or English, 13th century.

Measures 2.5cm in diameter.

Weighs 4.9 grams.

Provenance: Private English Collection

One side bears the Anglo-Norman French inscription ‘+IO SVI:ICI:EN LIV:DAMI’, (modern French = je suis ici en lieu d’ami), which translates as ‘I am here in place of your lover’. The other side ‘+RMOABREGPEDET RIE:AV’ which is as yet undeciphered and could be secular, religious or a magical inscription or incantation.

Brooches made of precious metals were worn during the medieval period to signify status and also had a practical use in fastening garments. The inscription on this brooch, which translates to “I am here in place of your lover,” conveys an intimate message of friendship or love, implying that it was given to the owner by a lover or close friend. The brooch probably belonged to a high-ranking woman who was literate in French. It might have been crafted from a melted gold coin, provided by the person who commissioned it, as gold coins were the most accessible source of bullion during that period.

For a similar example see the last image of a ring brooch which can be found in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Accession number: M.49-1975

https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O15219/ring-brooch-unknown/

Another ring brooch from a similar date with the same inscription can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession Number: 2018.355

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/773198

and another example of this inscription on a ring in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Accession number: M.178-1962

https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O121948/ring-unknown/

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