A BYZANTINE GOLD FINGER RING
Circa 6th-7th Century A.D.
The plain hoop, round in section, merging with the underside of the cruciform bezel which is engraved with a figure of the Virgin, her initials MP and ΘV (Mater Theou or "Mother of God") on the lateral arms
7/8 in. (2.2 cm) wide; ring size 9½