Description & Technical information

The hoop of this ring is a hammered cylindrical rod flattened beneath the bezel and attached to its center. The eight-foiled bezel is engraved with the frontal figure of a warrior saint, a halo appearing above his curly hair, and in military dress, wearing chlamys and a short, girded chiton, while he holds a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left hand. Around the slightly worn perimeter eleven letters read +Κ. VΡΙΕ. ΒΟΗΘΙ., or “Lord help.” Though no name is given, the ring most likely depicts Saint George, known as the “holy martyr,” one of Byzantium’s most popular warrior saints.

Date:  550-650 AD
Period:  Middle Ages, 6th century, 7th century
Origin:  Byzantine
Medium: gold
Categories: Jewellery