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
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