Finger ring with inscription

This simple silver ring is inscribed +A+G+L+A+A which probably represents the words, translated from Hebrew: Atha Gebri Leilan Adonai, meaning 'Thou art mighty forever, O Lord'. The inscription has amuletic significance and was invoked as a charm against fever during the Middle Ages. The use of Hebrew may have been seen as giving the charm extra, almost magical, power.

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Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Devon archaeology
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
silver | | | |
Common Name
finger ring with inscription
Simple Name
ring (finger)
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Period Classification
Medieval (1200-1500)
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ring with Hebrew inscription