This is a beautiful complete original example of a silver Moriscos (Moorish), late Medieval ring from Iberia – modern day Spain and Portugal. The ring is dated Circa: 15th – 16th Century. The band is silver and convex in section which rises to the shoulders which, are detailed with three silver nodules. The bezel is circular and rises to form a collar which is decorated with detailed scroll-work and above which is seen tri-form silver roundels around the circumference of the collar case. The setting is that of a fire colored red to orange Carnelian gem. The gem details wonderful separation striations between the deep red and orange color tones.
The ring details original dark silver-oxide patination tones particularly to the inside band. The outside areas of a wonderful original silver aged tone with lighter silver tones seen only on worn areas. Ring size at UK Size N 1/2, US Ring and Canada Ring size 7: @ 9.5 grams: My ring grade Very Fine: Provenance: I acquired this ring in 2013 from a Private Spanish Collector on the London Art Market.
The Moriscos (Moorish) Notes: 13th Century Onward:
The Moorish Kingdom of Granada continued for three more centuries in southern Iberia. On January 2, 1492, the leader of the last Muslim stronghold in Granada surrendered to armies of a recently united Christian Spain (after the marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, the Catholic Monarchs). They forced the remaining Jews to leave Spain, convert to Roman Catholic Christianity or be killed for not doing so. To exert social and religious control, in 1480, Isabella and Ferdinand agreed to allow the Inquisition in Spain. Granada’s Muslim population rebelled in 1499. The revolt lasted until early 1501, giving the Castilian authorities an excuse to void the terms of the Treaty of Granada (1491). In 1501 Castilian authorities delivered an ultimatum to Granada’s Muslims: they could either convert to Christianity or be expelled.
The Inquisition was aimed mostly at Jews and Muslims who had overtly converted to Christianity but were thought to be practicing their faiths secretly. They were respectively called marranos and moriscos. However, in 1567 King Philip II directed Moriscos to give up their Arabic names and traditional dress, and prohibited the use of the Arabic language. In reaction, there was a Morisco uprising in the Alpujarras from 1568 to 1571. In the years from 1609 to 1614, the government expelled Moriscos. The historian Henri Lapeyre estimated that this affected 300,000 out of an estimated total of 8 million inhabitants
Perfect in my opinion in all regards.
Near perfect oval band, setting and gem stone or intaglio representation (note the description for specific listing guidance).
Fine band oval with slight off circle on plan, setting may contain age blemish marks or slight chips and or scratches (note the description for specific listing guidance).
Good to Fine:
The ring will have flaws as listed within the descriptions and shown on listing pictures. Note ancient rings will always be listed thus (note the description for specific listing guidance).
This section of our website is dedicated informing interested parties of the findings concluded by Murakush derived from research and analysis of several topics and points of interest as it relates to the heritage, history and culture of the Moors.