Lot 19: Byzantine Monogram Ring: NO RESERVE
November 30, 2016
Boston, MA, USALive Auction
Description: Sold without reserve.
Possibly 7th-8th century.
The complex letter monograms seen on these ancient seal rings are often nominative or Christian in meaning. Here the encrypted letters on the circular disk bezel read as E, M, N, P and probably belong to the name of the owner, and a cross in the lower right quadrant expresses his Christian belief.
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Provenance: formerly the property of a European gentleman
Dimensions: Circumference 50.5 mm.; US size 5.5, UK size L