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Cabalistic ring

Probably Italy

14th/15th century

Silver ring with inscriptions on the circular hoop. The first half of the inscription stands for "In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, Amen" (In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost); the second half has not been explained

17.53 mm internal ring diameter; 6.03 g weight

Bought in Rome, 1870

Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897; WA1897.CDEF.F367

Taylor & Scarisbrick, Finger Rings from Ancient Egypt to the present day, 1978, no. 257

Cabalistic: With secret or hidden meaning