The Wallace Collection

Exhibitions & Displays

Treasures of the Black Death

Thursday 19th February, 2009 - Sunday 10th May, 2009

Price: Admission Free

This fascinating exhibition brings to London for the first time two hoards of medieval gold and silver jewellery found at Colmar in the nineteenth century and at Erfurt in the 1990s.

Both hoards were buried at the time of the Black Death in the middle of the fourteenth century, almost certainly by Jewish families who were expelled or murdered because the Jews were blamed for spreading the disease.

Among the jewellery on display are three of the earliest known Jewish wedding rings and personal items with inscriptions such as ‘Amor’ (Love) and ‘Little Anna’. More than just a display of treasures, this very moving exhibition will have a touching, very human dimension.

Fully illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition now available to buy either in person in the Wallace Collection shop, or online.

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Treasures of the Black Death

Press clippings and media for this exhibition.