An Early Byzantine silver ring featuring a large oval bezel connected to a round section hoop. The piece is decorated with an intaglio of the Virgin seated and holding the infant Jesus in her lap. The image is reminiscent of the Hodegetria, a traditional iconographic depiction of Mary, which sees her holding Christ and gesturing toward him as the path of salvation. Floral scrolls composed of fleurons blossom at either side of the central figure, highlighting the subject and balancing the overall composition.
Closest UK ring size: P.
Date: Circa 4th – 9th century AD