The ring belonged to Leontios of the province of Opsikion, in what is now northwestern Turkey. Patrikios and komes were Roman titles that shifted in meaning during the Byzantine period; it seems likely that Leontios was the governor of the province or a high-ranking general.
Inscription: Inscribed: "Lord help Leontius, Patrician and Count of imperial Obsikion guarded by God"
Feuardent(1924); Private Collection ; [ Ward & Company Works of Art(sold 1982)]
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