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Ring

Early Byzantine, ca. 7th century; gold; 2.3 cm (15/16 in.). BZ.1956.27
Ring

The circular bezel of this ring is engraved with the image of an eagle with outstretched wings. Between the eagle’s wings is a cruciform monogram of a man’s name, Kosmas. Not only a symbol of imperial power, the eagle was also meaningful in the Christian context where it symbolized salvation and Christ’s resurrection.

 

Provenance

Said to have been found at Mersina, Cilicia. George Zacos (1911–1983), Istanbul; purchased from Zacos by Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, 1956.

 

Selected Bibliography

M. C. Ross, Jewelry, Enamels, and Art of the Migration Period, vol. 2 of Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (Washington, DC, 1965; 2nd ed. with addendum by S. A. Boyd and S. R. Zwirn, 2005), 60–61, no. 70, plate 45.

 

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