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Love ring

16th century

Gold ring, the bezel in the form of a dog couchant, the shoulders of the hoop worked into leafage

15.29 mm internal ring diameter; 1.6 g weight

Sent from Athens

Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897; WA1897.CDEF.F450

The dog is symbolic of fidelity.

Scarisbrick and Henig, Finger Rings, 2003, pl. 14.2