Elaborate Byzantine Bishop Gold Ring with Garnet

£ 4,750.00

An extremely well-preserved Byzantine gold finger ring, featuring a round hoop and a high bezel. The bezel is set with a cabochon garnet, held in a gold cell, surrounded by a band of gold granules. The ring is hollow, rendered in  fine open work decoration. Further enrichment includes gold granules, arranged to emphasize the ring’s loop, shoulders and rhomboid-shaped bezel. A wonderful example of Byzantine goldsmith art, once belonged to a member of the high class or a bishop. UK ring size P. Weight: 9.0 g.

Date: Circa 6th-9th Century AD
Condition: Extremely fine, the ring is suitable for modern wear with care.
Product Code: BS-15
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Byzantine jewellery was a continuation of Roman traditions. As in many other cultures throughout history, Byzantine jewellery acted not only as an embellishment, but most importantly as a direct display of someone’s wealth and social status. Interestingly, it also acted as a diplomatic tool. Christian religion was very much at the heart of Byzantine culture, politically, socially and artistically. It was an empire run as a theocracy, ruled by God working through the Emperor, and political ideals were largely informed by Christian values. This permeated visual culture as well, not only in terms of art that was explicitly religious in its purpose.  With Christian religion becoming the primary religion across the Byzantine Empire, Christian iconography became an extremely popular decorative motif displayed on many smaller decorative items and wares.

To discover more about jewellery in Ancient Times, please visit our relevant blog post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions L 3.5 x W 1.9 cm
Metal

Gold

Region

Southern Europe

Semi-Precious Stone

Garnet