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LOT 0146

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GBP (£) 2,000 - 3,000
EUR (€) 2,200 - 3,300
USD ($) 2,590 - 3,890

Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1,800

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1,800

Byzantine Gold Ring with Saint Stephen

8th-10th century AD

A gold ring with D-section hoop and lozengiform bezel; incuse design featuring Saint Stephen, nimbate and wearing a Christian cross pendant, in the centre; sprigs below, symbols and inscription 'AΓIOCTEΦANI' for Saint Stephen in the field; flanked by a Christian cross on each side. 8.81 grams, 25.42mm overall, 18.40mm internal diameter (approximate size British P, USA 7 1/2, Europe 16.23, Japan 15) (1"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a London lady, part of her family's collection; acquired in the 1970s; accompanied by an independent specialist report and valuation by graduate gemmologist and jewellery expert Anna Rogers, GIA GG, BA, Gem-A, ref. no.167659/7/10/2020; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10146-167659.
Literature
Cf. Wamser, L., Die Welt von Byzanz - Europas Östliches Erbe, München, 2004, item 668, for type.