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Marriage Ring with Scenes from the Life of Christ
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Marriage Ring with Scenes from the Life of Christ


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This rare, octagonal ring is decorated with eight scenes from the life of Christ, with the Ascension seen on the flat surface of the bezel (top). Protective powers were attributed to scenes of the life of Christ, which combine to form a prayer in pictures.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/17/1959Treatmentcleaned; other
6/17/1959Treatmentother
7/02/2001Treatmentcleaned; other
2/09/2006Treatmentcleaned; other
8/22/2006Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] + Ἅγιος, ἅγιος, ἅγιος Κύριος Σαβαώθ; [Translation] + Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts (Isaiah 6:3)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
6th-7th century (Late Antique)
Medium
gold, niello
(Niello)
Accession Number
45.15
Measurements
H: 5/8 x W: 7/8 x D: 1 in. (1.7 x 2.3 x 2.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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