• The Hunt Archer's Ring

    The Hunt Archer's Ring


Four different archer’s rings are on display in the exhibition. This particular ring is from 19th century Mughal India, and features a ruby set in enamelled gold.

The archer’s ring in the Mughal Empire (as well as in Persia and Central Asia) takes a basic form in which the lower edge of the front protrudes; this thicker section was worn on the inside of the thumb in order to afford greater protection while the string of the bow was being drawn.

Elaborately decorated and jewelled rings such as this one were not actually meant to be worn in battle while drawing the bow, as the intricate jewelled patterns would have interfered with the bowstring, but rather served to increase the elegance and status of the wearer.