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Double Ring
Period: Fifth to Sixth century AD
Culture: Byzantine
Material: Gold
Dimensions: 2.1 cm W
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This rare and splendid piece of jewellery takes the form of two rings side by side, each with a raised and pointed oval bezel with ‘chip-carved’ decoration and granulated surround. Chip-carving was a skilful technique produced with small sharp punches creating a somewhat oriental style. It is a well-known characteristic of Early Byzantine gold jewellery, such as buckles and belt strap jewellery. A similar ring, dating to the sixth century AD, is displayed in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto (986.181.1).



Private Collection, Germany, 1970s.