FINE BYZANTINE GILT RING C.8th-11th century
C.8th-11th centuries, the period of pilgrimages leading up to the Crusades. One of the finest rings we have ever offered! Size 11 ½. 20.9mm inner diameter. Band tapers from 12.8mm at the bezel to 4.2mm at the rear. Double-stepped raised oval bezel with two incised circles separated by foliage motif and flanked by three additional incised circles on each shoulder. Excellent with very minor wear only. The Byzantine Empire with Capitol in Constantinople, comprised Italy and the Eastern portion of the ancient Roman Empire around the Mediterranean, and Asia Minor. A rare example in exceptional preservation. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored for contemporary wear. Comes gift boxed with certification of authenticity.