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    Sale 2057

    Ancient Jewelry

    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 331

    A BYZANTINE ROCK CRYSTAL STAMP SEAL

    CIRCA 10TH-11TH CENTURY AD

    Price Realised  

    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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    Provenance

    British Private Collection, prior to the 1990s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN SCHOLAR


    Post Lot Text

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