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Seller: Top-Rated Seller rarecoincollector (32,537) 100%, Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 332722854507 BYZANTINE EMPIRE10th TO 12th CENTURY ADSILVER PENDANTEMBOSSED AND INCISED BY HAND WITH THE IMAGE OFTHE VIRGIN MARY AS THEOTOKOS or MOTHER OF GOD THIS AMAZING ARTIFACT AND EXPRESSION OF FAITH IS A 100% AUTHENTIC BYZANTINE PENDANT AT LEAST 700 YEARS OLD.THIS PIECE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION!COMES WITH A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY AND ATTRIBUTION THIS AMAZING BYZANTINE NICELY TONED SILVER ARTIFACT HAS THE ICONOGRAPHIC IMAGE FACING HALF-BUST OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN WITH HER HANDS OPEN.BYZANTINE ART, ESPECIALLY WITH ICONS AND SACRED IMAGES, FOLLOWS SPECIFIC PATTERNS OF MEANING THAT WERE EASILY INTERPRETED BY THE DEVOUT EASTERN ORTHODOX WORSHIPER.THE VEILED MARY, IN THIS CASE PORTRAYED AS "THEOTOKOS", A GREEK WORD TRANSLATED BY THE LATIN CHURCH AS "MOTHER OF GOD", BUT LITERALLY MEANING "GOD BEARER" OR "BIRTH GIVER OF GOD". THE VIRGIN'S OPEN HANDS SIGNIFY HER ACCEPTANCE OF THE WORD OF GOD AT THE ANNUNCIATION.EMBOSSED FROM THE BACK, THE OVOID PENDANT IS FASHIONED WITH AN OVAL RIM AND AN ATTACHED ORNAMENTED BALE FOR HANGING FROM A CHAIN. THE IMAGE IS FURTHER DELINEATED BY CAREFUL HAND INCISING, CREATING A AN ENHANCED 3D EFFECT ON THE GARMENTS AND OTHER IMAGERY. THE VIRGIN'S FACE AND HANDS EXHIBIT SIMPLE, YET EFFECTIVE, EARLY MEDIEVAL FEATURES. THERE IS A HOLY NIMBUS AROUND HER HEAD, AND A CROSS INTRICATELY ENGRAVED ON THE VEIL OVER HER FOREHEAD. CONTAINS SILVERWEIGHS 4.5 GRAMSMEASURES 41mm x 34mmCOMES WITH a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY & ATTRIBUTION You can arrange pickup from our Fort Lauderdale storefront locationOur business hours are Monday - Friday 10:00am-5:00pm ESTPlease ask any questions with concerns before bidding / making a purchase.Florida Sales Tax applicable to invoice totals under $500 of non legal tender USA coins and currency.INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING & DELIVERYImport taxes and duties are NOT included in the item price or shipping charges. We cannot declare any package as a "gift", ”sample”etc.We now ship solely via USPS Priority Mail International or Fedex International foryour additional tracking and security and ensure delivery to customs.Delivery times could get delayed to as much as 4 weeks depending on customs conditions.It is the buyer's responsibility to check with your country's customs office todetermine what these additional costs (if any) will be prior to bidding or buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up. They are not additional shipping charges by RareCoinCollector. Condition: please note: "ring is a 100% genuine historical artifact" PLEASE READ BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS AND HISTORY

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