Byzantium, ca. 600 to 900 CE. A cast bronze signet ring, the central monogram presenting the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ – Chi (X) and Rho (P). The symbol was used by early Christians and is attributed to the Roman Emperor Constantine, who even used it as a military symbol. Quite petite (too small for a ring sizer), most likely intended for a child's finger. Size: face measures .5" in diameter (1.3 cm); opening measures .625" L x .5" W (1.6 cm x 1.3 cm) Weight: 5.1 grams
In addition, the large star, at left, might be understood as the Morning Star (in the east, thus beginning of the 'day' of life), and the crescent moon, at right (thus where the crescent moon is most prominent, just after sunset in the west signifying the ending of the 'day' of life), may represent a blessing of the child who fill wear the ring. Visually saying, "May the whole 'day' of your life be blessed by Christ."
Provenance: Ex-Private Florida collection acquired in the 1980's
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