iron, gold damascene
length (shield) 4.1 cm
The face of the ring is shaped as a shield of almost arrowhead form. The band for the finger is forked at the point where it attaches to the face. Its decoration consists of the standard depiction of a wyvern, whose tail terminates in foliation which goes on to fill the composition. This is punch-decorated and in two colours of gold. Three bands of gold decorate the edge: the outer is of ‘red’ gold (oro rojo), with a series of round concave punches, the central band is of ‘green’ gold leaf, and the inner is of ‘green’ wire. Two gold-relief blossoms are randomly applied to the face. The band of the ring is similarly decorated in its wider sections. This ring is a good example of the type of very inexpensive damascene objects made in series during the 1920s and 1930s. There was a range of different designs, but these were always drawn from the most common elements used in the decoration of the more expensive products.
J. D. Lavin (ed.), The Art and Tradition of the Zuloagas: Spanish Damascene from the Khalili Collection, Oxford 1997, cat. 63, p. 170.