BYZANTINE GOLD RING WITH CROSS
Measurements: 2 cm – internal diameter. UK ring size T.
elegant Byzantine gold finger ring, featuring a round section hoop, expanding shoulders and a decorated bezel. The bezel is finely engraved with the depiction of a Greek cross, composed of four
conycal harms. Incised dots between each harm and to the centre of the cross.
Byzantine jewellery was a full continuation and development of Roman traditions. While remembering this heritage, however, Byzantine artists very much forged their own style, iconography, and tradition. In the Byzantine Empire jewellery played an important role, acting as a way to express ones status and as a diplomatic tool.
Period: 8th - 11th Century AD
Condition: Extremely fine. A very unique and delicate
example of Byzantine jewellery.
Provenance: Ex. London private collection.