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Byzantine Gold ring with the Ascension of Christ

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18199
Culture
: Byzantine
Period
: 6th - 7th century A.D.
Material
: Gold and Niello
Dimensions
: H: 2.5 cm, D: 2.1 cm
Price
: POR
Provenance
:

Ex-property of British collection, collected to 1981


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The octagonal ring is decorated with a Greek inscription made in niello: “Because you alone, my God, has inhabited me with in Hope”. He frame of the bezel is engraved with  another  Greek inscription enhanced with niello:  “Lord, because your are God, save me”.  In spite of its small size, the upper part of the ring is the base for an elaborate and important scene in Christian iconography.  In the lower part, the virgin, accompanied by the 12 apostles, looks up towards the upper scene, where Christ, surrounded by a “mandorla”, and flanked by cherubs and seraphims, is ascending to heaven.

Published

PRICE J., “Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry, exquisite objects from the cradle of civilization”, Philadelphia, 2008, p.89

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