Session1302
TitleThe Rich Lives of Medieval Rings
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorMedieval Iberian Treasury in Context, Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, España
 
OrganiserJitske Jasperse, Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
 
Moderator/ChairJitske Jasperse, Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
 
Paper 1302-a Gender and Status in Rings from the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection, Washington, DC
Index Terms: Art History - Decorative Arts; Byzantine Studies; Gender Studies; Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 1302-b Rings of Emotion: Exploring the Emotional Lives of Medieval Objects
(Language: English)
Eleanor Standley, School of Archaeology / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Daily Life; Mentalities
Paper 1302-c Show and Tell: The Display of Rings in Treasuries and Museums
(Language: English)
Amanda W. Dotseth, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Index Terms: Art History - Decorative Arts; Art History - General; Historiography - Modern Scholarship
 
AbstractRings in museums, on websites, and publications are often presented as frozen in time and place, sometimes even detached from their possible owners or wearers. This session demonstrates that a closer look at these diminutive artefacts - both precious and mundane - as well as an assessment of their place within the archaeological and written record presents more nuanced stories about how and why these small and sensory items were crafted and were able to forge connections between people and things.