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Ring Brooch

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Description This pin has decorative interlace panels and tri-lobed knots cast on its annular (circular) ring. Tri-lobed knots are often found in Irish illuminated manuscripts of the period where they are a symbol of the Trinity. Amber or glass paste studs once filled the now-empty circular hollows. This pin was found at Ballinderry Crannog, once the fortified lake dwelling of a local Irish king.
Date Description Narrative
8/24/1998Treatmentcoated; loss compensation; cleaned; other
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Medieval Art. Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa. 1965.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Robert Day, Cork [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Robert Day Sale, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, May 19-22, 1913, no. 384; William Randolph Hearst; Joseph Brummer, Paris; Joseph Brummer Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 11-14, 1949, no. 277; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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9th century (Medieval)
bronze, formerly set with stones or glass
Accession Number
3 7/8 x 1 1/16 x 5/16 in. (9.8 x 2.7 x 0.8 cm)
  • United Kingdom, Ireland, County Weastmeath (Ballinderry Crannog) (Place of Discovery)


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