London, South Kensington
26 April 2012
TWO BYZANTINE SILVER RINGS
CIRCA 6TH CENTURY A.D.
One with disc bezel engraved with an eagle facing left with outspread wings, a cross in the field above; the other engraved with a Greek cruciform monogram reading the 'seal of John'
Item one: 7/8 in. (2.3 cm.) across hoop; ring size U; Item two: 7/8 in. (2.3 cm.) acroos hoop; ring size Q (2)
Private collection, Germany; acquired in the 1990s.
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Similar representations of eagles can be found on sceptres of consuls and on coins of the late 6th Century A.D., cf., L. Wamser and G. Zahlhaas, Rom und Byzanz: Archäologische Kostbarkeiten aus Bayern, Munich, 1998, nos 331-333.
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