9 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 8,750
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A BYZANTINE ROCK CRYSTAL STAMP SEAL
CIRCA 10TH-11TH CENTURY AD
Originally a conoid, later cut into a ringstone, engraved with a facing draped bust of St. John the Baptist, a cross to the left and an inscription to the right, IW\KP\k, an abbreviation of Ioannes prodromos, "John the forerunner;" mounted as a ring in a modern gold setting, the ribbed hoop composed of earlier ancient elements
7/16 in. (1.1 cm.) diameter; ring size 4
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British Private Collection, prior to the 1990s.
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