Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A BYZANTINE GOLD AND AMETHYST FINGER RING
CIRCA 7TH CENTURY A.D.
With a wide hoop with openwork ornament and incised scrolling, the edges beaded, the high conical bezel with a calyx of four leaves on the sides, the details incised, set with a circular cabochon amethyst
1¼ in. (3.1 cm.) high
Private Collection, Switzerland, 1990s.
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For related examples see nos. 323-326 in Yeroulanou, Diatrita, Pierced-work Gold Jewellery from the 3rd to the 7th Century.
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