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

Ring

6th century-7th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Byzantine rings are sometimes decorated with a cross monogram in which the letters of a personal name are arranged around the four arms of a cross. The inscription on this ring can be read as 'IOANIS', probably a first name (John).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Engraved gold
Brief Description
Gold ring, the circular bezel engraved with a cross monogram including the letters IOANIS, Byzantine, 6th to 7th century
Physical Description
Gold ring, the circular bezel engraved with a cross monogram including the letters IOANIS.
Dimensions
  • Height: 2.1cm
  • Width: 2cm
  • Depth: 1cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'IOANIS' (Monogram)
Object history
ex Waterton Collection
Subjects depicted
Summary
Byzantine rings are sometimes decorated with a cross monogram in which the letters of a personal name are arranged around the four arms of a cross. The inscription on this ring can be read as 'IOANIS', probably a first name (John).
Collection
Accession Number
622-1871

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record createdAugust 1, 2006
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