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Ring with Figure of Hope
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Ring with Figure of Hope


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Description Sentimental miniature scenes in the neoclassical style, often painted in sepia and framed by a single border of diamonds, are characteristic motifs of late 18th-and early 19th-century rings. Here, a mourning woman is shown leaning in a thoughtful pose on a large anchor, a symbol of hope. The early Christians adopted the pagan symbol of the anchor, signifying safety, and transformed it into a symbol for hope in salvation. This mourning ring was likely won to express the hope that the deceased had been admitted to heaven.
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Mrs. Charles E. Rieman [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1958, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mrs. Charles E. Rieman, 1958

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Period
1820-1830
Medium
gold, diamonds, sepia, ivory
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1875
Measurements
bezel: 15/16 in. (2.4 cm) (w.) 1 in. (2.6 cm) (diam.)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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