Early Byzantine Silver Ring with Virgin Hodegetria


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Object Description

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

Object History

From the late Alison Barker collection, a retired London barrister; formed early 1960s-1990s.

Object Condition

Fine condition.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:2 x H:2.1 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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