5 December 2012
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF GEORGE S. BLUMENTHAL
A SAMARITAN BRONZE FINGER RING
BYZANTINE PERIOD, CIRCA 5TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.
The flat circular bezel with an inscription in Samaritan script, reading: "There is none like the God Yeshurun;" together with a later Jewish circular seal engraved with a flaming seven-branched menorah on a tripod stand, formed of punched dots, the handle with a pendant loop above a knob
Ring: ½ in (1.3 cm.) long; ring size 8
Seal: 13/16 in. (2 cm.) high (2)
Daniel M. Friedenberg, Connecticut, 1970s-1990s.
Daniel M. Friedenberg; Christie's, New York, 12 December 2002, lot 322 (seal); and lot 324 (ring).
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The inscription on the ring derives from the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 33:26) and is commonly found in this period on amulets, rings and oil lamps.
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