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- Date of production 19th/20th century
- Dimensions height: 6 mm, diameter: 22 mm, weight: 2.49 g
- ID no. MNS/3655/S
- Object copyright Nowy Sącz District Museum
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
The ring was purchased for the museum collection in 1998 in one of the antique shops in Sącz. According to the owner of the shop, the ring was found among other objects hidden in one of the houses in Nowy Sącz during the war. The exhibit has a great historical value, as only a few similar objects could be found in Polish museum collections.more
The ring was purchased for the museum collection in 1998 in one of the antique shops in Sącz. According to the owner of the shop, the ring was found among other objects hidden in one of the houses in Nowy Sącz during the war.
The exhibit has a great historical value, as only a few similar objects could be found in Polish museum collections.
The ring was made of a flat strip of gold, four times broken in its frontal part. The square fields thus created are decorated with engraved thin, close lines placed in the corners. In the central field the Hebrew letters Mem and Tet are engraved, the abbreviation for Mazel tov meaning “good luck.” In the rear part the strip of the ring slightly protrudes on its external side and is marked with a partially engraved illegible signature. According to religious orders, Jewish wedding rings were modest and had no precious stones, for a bride should not have the impression that the object she receives is of high value. In this way the differences in wealth between the man and the woman were blurred. The ring was not put on the ring finger, but on the index finger of the right hand, as this finger was believed to be the most important. While putting on the ring, the groom recited the following marriage formula: “Behold, thou art consecrated to me according to the law of Moses and Israel.”
Elaborated by Edyta Ross-Pazdyk (Nowy Sącz District Museum), © all rights reserved