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Ring of Leontios

ca. 1000
Gold, niello
Overall: 11/16 × 7/8 × 7/8 in. (1.8 × 2.2 × 2.3 cm) Bezel: 11/16 in. (1.8 cm) Inside circumference: 2 1/8 in. (5.3 cm) Thickness of band: 1/4 in. (0.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
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)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1982-1983 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1983). p. 18.

Parker, Elizabeth C. "Recent Major Acquisitions of Medieval Art by American Museums." Gesta 23, no. 1 (1984). p. 70, fig. 6.

Evans, Helen C., and William D. Wixom, ed. The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843–1261. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 173, p. 248.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 97, p. 83.

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