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Сребърен пръстен с растителна украса от късното средновековие
A late medieval silver ring with floral motifs

Author(s): Stela Doncheva
Subject(s): History, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Archaeology, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: This paper deals with an artefact of late medieval repoussage, unearthed on the Shumen Plateau. It is an incomplete massive silver gilt ring with inlaid niello on the bezel cup, which supposes several things. Initially, the bezel setting in the middle was probably left empty. Later, an attempt was made to decorate it in tune with the already existing ornamental openwork around it. Defining these objects as sphragistic monuments still piques research interest. Some of the artefacts are signet rings in their own right, while quite a few have been used just as jewels. I believe that the ring in question was worn as a jewel and was not used to seal documents. The specs of the object––its form, ornamentation and technology of forging––as well as the abovementioned similar artefacts date it to the midor the late fourteenth century.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 59-61
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: Bulgarian