Medieval Bronze Ring IHS 16th Century

This rare Medieval bronze ring was made during the first half of the 1500’s, a time which marked the end of the Middle Ages. 

During the early Middle Ages, beginning around 500 AD, only nobility could afford to own and wear jewelry. With the expansion of commerce and trade there developed a middle class, and most were able to afford jewelry by the 14th century. During this time, sumptuary laws were passed restricting how much jewelry one could adorn oneself with based on social status and land ownership. The middle class ignored these laws and wore jewelry anyway. In turn, jewelry of nobility grew more and more embellished as they needed to continually reestablish their rank via ornamentations. Rings, on the other hand, were the only accessory to take the opposite approach and become less extravagant. By the 14th century, rings looked much like this one. They were usually a simple band, of silver, gold or bronze, with an inscription and sometimes a few jewels. Traditionally, rings signified betrothal, royalty, or high nobility, and some were worn by the clergy. 

This piece of Medieval history is one of pious devotion. It features the letters, ‘IHS’, on the ring face. These are the first three letters of the Greek spelling of the Holy Name, Jesus. This insignia originates from the Latinized version of the Greek ‘ιησους’. Transliterated, this is spelled, ‘ihsous’. 

It is unmarked and has been very carefully acid tested. As it’s not perfectly round, the size ranges from approximately a 9 to a 9.5, it should be worn only carefully and infrequently. It weighs 1.2 grams. 

The evolution of Jesus’ name spans centuries, as does this stunning ancient piece of jewelry. It is a ring that is deserving of a true collector. 

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Item ID:RG1116212V



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