5 October 2006 -
7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

Fede ring

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A key step in the marriage process was the exchange of promises between the Couple, sealed by a handclasp. It was often accompanied by a ceremony in the bride's home, in which the groom-to-be would give his bride a fidelity ring. She would wear the ring on the fourth finger, which was believed to be connected by a vein directly to the heart. This ritual was followed by a ceremonial meal and the physical consummation. The couple would then be officially married.

Fede ring
15th century, Italy
V&A: 848-1871