Near East / Holy Land, Byzantine Empire, ca. 9th to early 13th century CE. An interesting 22K gold ring, composed of a heavy round band with a projection that calls to mind a tower or other architectural feature rising from the center. The band of the ring has a heavily textured exterior. Very unique and wearable! Size: 1" L x .875" W (2.5 cm x 2.2 cm); US size: 4; 8.5 grams
During the 7th to 9th centuries, the Byzantine Empire was in a state of economic and social crisis, repeatedly rocked by invasions, plagues, famines, and other disasters - a time period often called "The Dark Ages." Emerging from that period, it seems that the people of the Byzantine Empire wished to flaunt their wealth and embellish themselves with beautiful things. Both male and female graves from this period are full of beautiful jewelry like this ring.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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