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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Byzantium

  • Date:

    11th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved and nielloed gold

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    M.173-1937

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 4, shelf B, box 15

Physical description

Nielloed gold signet ring, the oval bezel engraved with a Greek inscription meaning Lord, help Thy servant Nicetas captain of the imperial guard.

Place of Origin

Byzantium

Date

11th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Engraved and nielloed gold

Marks and inscriptions

Greek inscription
'Lord, help Thy servant Nicetas captain of the imperial guard'

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm, Width: 2.4 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Object history note

Ex Guilhou Collection. Described in the Sotheby's catalogue of the 1937 sale as 'A ring ring in good condition...the oval bezel bears the retrograde inscription...(Lord help thy servant Nicetas, twice first swordsman (?)' within a nicked border, Byzantine, presumably the ring of a prominent gladiator.'

Descriptive line

Nielloed gold signet ring, the oval bezel engraved with a Greek inscription meaning Lord, help Thy servant Nicetas captain of the imperial guard, Byzantine, 11th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of the superb collection of rings, including choice examples of all periods from the Egypt of the Pharaohs to the France of Napoleon I, formed by the late Monsieur E. Guilhou of Paris, Sotheby and Co, November 1937, London, cat. 453, plate XV

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Niello; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Signet rings

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Christianity

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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