Ring in openwork filigree

Byzantine
Early Byzantine Period
about A.D. 550–650


Dimensions

Diameter: 1.7 cm; width of band: 0.9 cm

Accession Number

1987.272

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Chalice flanked by doves; grapevines fill the rest of the band. Birds and leaves are silhouetted in miniature plaques of metal; gold wires form the stems and tendrils of the vines and clusters of beads represent the grapes. Central chalice is of openwork, beading frames the composition

Provenance

By date unknown: with Acanthus, 24 East 81st St., New York, NY 10028; May 9, 1987: purchased from Acanthus by Mary B. Comstock for MFA; gift of Mary B. Comstock to MFA, May 27, 1987

Credit Line

Gift of Mary B. Comstock