6 December 2007
A BYZANTINE GOLD AND SASANIAN NICOLO FINGER RING
CIRCA 4TH-5TH CENTURY A.D.
The plain hoop round in section, with two large granules on either side of the join to the oval box bezel, the flat stone with bevelled sides, engraved with a hero or god with a sword in his raised hand, dispatching a rearing lion
1 in. (2.5 cm.) wide; ring size 11½
Dina Hanna, New York, 1990 (by descent).
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