An important byzantine solid gold ring engraved with the cruciform monogram in Greek lettering of PROKOPIOS (of Caesarea), an historian living in Constantinople in 542 A.D.
Gold with traces of niello.
Byzantine Empire. 6th century A.D.
Dimensions: internal diameter 2,1cm ; weight 17,3 grammes
Ex private collection of mr. B.M. (Paris, France) ; purchased from "Nina Borowski Archéologie" and accompanied by the original certificate signed by Nina Borowski , dating from 1994 and sold back then for 30.000 FF.
Offered at auction at "Pierre Bergé & Associés" on December 15, 2009 with an estimate of 10.000-12.000 euros.