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Ring Brooch
Gold, spinels, and sapphires
German, Middle Rhineland, ca. 1340-49
The Cloisters Collection
This brooch comes from a hoard found in 1969 in the village of Lingenfeld, in the Rhine Valley. The hoard, containing coins minted in nearby Speye between 1347 and 1349, is thought to have been buried by a member of the local Jewish community, which was persecuted in the wake of an outbreak of the plaque in 1349.

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