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Item:123853505070Handsome Byzantine/ Eastern Roman silver ring featuring an oval lapis lazuli intaglio carving of a winged horse, in a richly decorated setting of floral and geometrical motifs. The Byzantine Empire, which lasted for a thousand years between the fall of the Roman Empire (5th century) and the rise of the Ottoman Turks (15th century), was a continuation of the Roman Empire to the east, essentially. Latin and Greek were the commonly spoken languages and mythology still held important influence, as we see with the representation of Pegasus carved into the stone here. The lapis lazuli stone, likely imported from Afghanistan, was an expensive, highly treasured material for Byzantine artisans used for the creation of high-status items. Condition is very good with normal wear to the silver. Weighing a hefty 18 grams, this intriguing ring undeniably reminds the wearer of the countless men who once proudly wore it, as well... Fits a size 10 - 10.25 finger. Stone measures 17 x 12 mms. Payments Payments within 4 days after close of sale, please, with Paypal (you can use your credit or debit card through Paypal without having to set up an account). Shipping We offer FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING for this item. Ships from France via Colissimo, tracking and insurance included. As the items that we sell are often fragile and irreplaceable, great care is taken during packaging to ensure their safe transit and arrival. Returns Returns accepted within 30 days after reception. Return postage to be paid by buyer, including tracking and insurance. Items must be in the same condition as when received.Condition:very good, Material:Stone
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Late Byzantine Era Eastern Roman Silver Ring Lapis Lazuli Intaglio Pegasus 18 gr