Description & Technical information

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. 

Date:  6th-7th century AD
Period:  Middle Ages, 6th century, 7th century
Origin:  Byzantine Empire
Medium: gold
Categories: Jewellery