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LOT 0215

GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,500 - 4,670
USD ($) 3,790 - 5,060

Current bid: £900 (‡+bp*)
(14 Bids, Reserve met)

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(14 Bids, Reserve met)   |   Current bid: £900
3/4 in. (4.00 grams, 21.79 mm overall, 18.33 mm internal diameter (approximate size British O 1/2, USA 7 1/4, Europe 15.61, Japan 15)).

Comprising a round-section hoop with tablet-bezel depicting a military saint on horseback (probably Saint George) advancing right, the nimbate saint holding a large cross in his right hand. [No Reserve]

Ex Axia Art, London, UK.
Property of a North American gallery.

Accompanied by a positive scientific statement from Striptwist Limited, a London-based company run by historical precious metal specialist Dr Jack Ogden, reference number 170705.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.12117-214328.

Cf. Papanikola-Bakirtzi, D. (ed.), Everyday life in Byzantium. Byzantine Hours. Works and days in Byzantium, Exhibition catalogue, Thessaloniki, White Tower, October 2001-January 2002, Athens, 2002, no.573, for the type.

This type of ring belongs to a typical category of the period in question, made with high-quality materials, and decorated with images of saints to invoke their protection. The presence of Saint George on this ring could refer to an owner of high military rank.