аrt historian, National Museum in Belgrade, Belgrade
ZLATNI PRSTEN IZ JANJEVA U ZBIRCI MUZEJA
PRIMENJENE UMETNOSTI I NJEGOVA SREBRNA REPLIKA
GOLD RING FROM JANJEVO IN THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF APPLIED ART AND ITS SILVER REPLICA
Journal 9/2013 (Museum of Applied Art), pages 15-21
Abstract (original language):
Analizom likovnih simboličnih predstava i natpisa na dva prstena koji se čuvaju u Muzeju primenjene umetnosti u Beogradu i u Narodnom muzeju u Požarevcu dolazi se do zaključka da su ova dva prstena predstavljala venčano prstenje; zlatni je bio namenjen mladoženji, a prsten od srebra nevesti.
Key words: (original language)
Beograd, Janjevo, Požarevac, Vimi- nacijum, Herkulov čvor, zlatni prsten, srebrni prsten, venčani prsten, veridbeni prsten, prsten sa heraldičkom predstavom, natpis na prstenu
The paper explores the decoration found on two identical rings, one made of gold and the other made of silver. The rings have profiled, octagonal head featuring a coat of arms consisting of a crest in the form of a wolf, a helmet and an escutcheon with inscribed Latin letter P. The wolf is depicted in profile as a standing half-figure with protruded forepaws. The head of the ring is mounted on a neck and shoulders forming a unity, gradually narrowing into a hoop. The wider part in the middle of the hoop is in the form of the Hercules knot. The hoop is entirely fluted, and stylised branches with blossoms are carved on the prominent parts of three-sided shoulders. The inscription which could be translated ”My dear ring” is engraved around the heraldic feature on the head. Inscribed on both sides of the hoop are modified verses from the Gospel of Luke (1:38) which could be translated: ”I am the Lord's maidservant, may it be with me in accordance with your words!” The Hercules knot and the verses spoken by Holy Mother in the Annunciation suggest that these are wedding rings reflecting the trend supported by the Church: the husband should wear a gold ring and the wife an identical silver one.
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