Medieval Rings

les Enluminures

Rings around the world

November 18th through December 3rd

New York Opening and Reception:
Thursday, November 17th 2016, 6 PM to 8 PM

Exhibition Dates:
November 18th through December 3rd
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM

Les Enluminures
23 East 73rd Street • 7th Floor, Penthouse
New York, NY 10021
Tel +1 212 717 7273

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  • Rings around the World

    Accompanied by a publication by Drs. Sandra Hindman and Beatriz Chadour-Sampson “Rings Around the World” explores the eternal forms, inspirations, and aesthetics of finger rings across many cultures throughout history, with over forty rings deriving from China, the Middle East, Europe, and America. Covering over four millennia, from the Bronze Age to the present day, the exhibition will also feature pieces by celebrated contemporary jewelry artists Wallace Chan and Giovanni Corvaja. It will also call attention to links between forms, periods, and cultures.
    For example:
    - Renaissance Posy Rings from England inscribed with sentimental expressions find their parallel in a Chinese jade philosopher’s ring with an inscription “Quit Alcohol.”
    - Included are rings of many periods and different origins that adapt forms from monumental media (sculpture in an Art Nouveau Ring and architecture in an Arts and Crafts ring and a Jewish Wedding Ring).
    - Magic and belief in superior beings is reflected in Egyptian faience rings (which also resemble repousse rings of the early European Renaissance) and a Sumatran astrological ring.