ROMAN/BYZANTINE CHRISTENING OR BAPTISM RING, C. 2ND-6TH CENTURY AD, SIZE ½
Gilt bronze, size about ½ which suggests a child of six months age or less. Slightly rounded face band, 1.9mm width flaring to the shoulders. Circular bezel with a broad border and central cross, the quarters with deep round recesses which with the border, represent the five wounds of Christ. The custom of baptizing infants originated in the second century with the evolution of the concept of Original Sin. Rings for infants were surely a luxury reserved for the noble class. Professionally refurbished with 24karat gold surface restored, gift boxed with certificate of authenticity. A wonderful gift for a modern Baptism!