A Byzantine solid gold ring, featuring a banded oval loop, ending in thee gold granules, and a finely carved silver bezel. The bezel displays the early Christian Chi Rho symbol, in a relatively unusual variation, featuring an additional horizontal line through the intersection of the Greek letters. UK ring size J.
Date: Circa 9th-12th century AD Condition: Excellent condition. Some very light weathering to the surface of the intaglio, but visibility of the symbol is not affected.
The Chi Rho symbol was formed by overlaying the Greek capital letters chi and rho (X and P) so that the vertical stroke of the rho passes through the centre of the chi. These characters were used as they were the first two characters of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ (Khristos; or Christ). The symbol was adopted for use as a military standard by Constantine the Great, and from then onwards became part of the official imperial insignia of the Byzantine Empire.
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