Byzantine jewelry was a full continuation of the Roman traditions which were kept alive behind the high walls of the new capital, Constantinople. The Roman techniques and styles continued to form the foundation of Byzantine goldsmith‘s skills who weren’t complete copycats. Some innovations such as the use of Christian iconography and further specialization of new and old techniques occurred.
The "Madonna enthroned" is an image that dates from the Byzantine period and was used widely in Medieval and Renaissance times, such as in jewelry and fashion. The composition of this Madonna and Child is loosely based on the Hodegetria, one of the more powerful and enduring icon types of the Orthodox Christian church. The Virgin gestures toward the child to show him as the “way” (hodos in Greek), the source of salvation. The throne and her red shoes present her as the Queen of Heaven, and the archangels in the roundels beside her hold imperial regalia, which are typical attributes of archangels.
This special ring, straight out of Elle's personal collection, is packed with history and symbolism, and is detailed all throughout. A conversation starter, a stacker, and great addition to any collection, this is a ring you should not miss out on.
Materials and Features: byzantine ring
Age/Origin: 10-12th C CE
Measurements: Size 8.5, 4.3 grams
Condition: Excellent condition.
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