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On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Ring

7th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a ring typical of the Byzantine period on which the bride and groom are depicted on the bezel as full-length figures standing before Christ. He performs the marriage rite by symbolically joining their hands together is the dextrarum junctio . Some examples are inscribed in Greek: 'vow' or 'harmony'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Engraved gold
Brief Description
Gold ring, the projecting oval bezel engraved with Christ joining the hands of a husband and wife, Byzantine, 7th century
Physical Description
Gold ring, the projecting oval bezel engraved with Christ joining the hands of a husband and wife.
Dimensions
  • Height: 2.5cm
  • Width: 2.3cm
  • Depth: 0.9cm
Style
Object history
Ex Guilhou Collection.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This is a ring typical of the Byzantine period on which the bride and groom are depicted on the bezel as full-length figures standing before Christ. He performs the marriage rite by symbolically joining their hands together is the dextrarum junctio . Some examples are inscribed in Greek: 'vow' or 'harmony'.
Bibliographic Reference
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, lot 469
Collection
Accession Number
M.183-1937

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record createdAugust 1, 2006
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