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Octagonal Marriage Ring

Date:
7th century
Geography:
Made in Constantinople (?)
Medium:
Gold and niello
Dimensions:
Diam: 7/8 in. (2.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. (BZ.1947.15)
  • Description

    Jerusalem is a holy site for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. For Christians, it is revered as the site of Christ’s death and Resurrection. Since the fourth century, when Emperor Constantine I erected the Holy Sepulchre over Christ’s tomb, Christian pilgrims have thronged there, often acquiring memorials of their visit.
    The bride and the groom on the face of the ring are identified in the inscription on the bezel: "Lord, help thy servants Peter and Theodote." On the band, events associated with sites in
    the Holy Land evoke prayers for protection.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [in Greek, on bezel:] Harmony; [around edge of bezel:] Lord, help thy servants, Peter and
    Theodote; [around edges of the band:] Peace I leave with you / My peace I give to you [John 14:27]

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