GOLD RING WITH ENGRAVED VIRGIN AND CHILD AND INSCRIPTION

Byzantine Empire, 6th-7th century AD
Gold
Circumference 54.51 mm.; weight 9.0 gr.; US size 7; UK size O

The bezel is joined to a solid, cylindrical hoop. The engraved image depicts the Virgin seated frontally on a flat throne, holding a disc containing the head of the Christ Child. She is flanked on either side by an inscription in Greek of uncertain meaning (perhaps two names). A few sharper lines in the engraving of the ring, now worn but in good condition, may suggest an attempt to sharpen the image. This ring belongs to a type of tablet-bezel rings of circular shape popular in the sixth and seventh centuries and displaying religious subjects, such as the archangels, the saints, Christ, and especially the Virgin and Child. 

RING #809
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Price$25,000 - $35,000
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