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Ring engraved with a lion and a bear

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An unusual ring with a reversible octagonal bezel engraved with a lion in profile walking along a groundline identifed in Greek as "Lion"; on the other side is a a bear in profile walking along a groundline identified in Greek as "Bear." There is a Greek inscription around the an inscription...

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inscribed on hoop and bezel


By date unknown: Collection of Mr. Eliezar Yelushalmi; purchased from Mr. Yelushalmi (then in his 80s) in Israel by a private collector who consigned it to Christie's; by December 2004: with Christie's New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 (auction 1445, December 9, 2004, lot 176); December 9, 2004: purchased by Mrs. Claude-Claire Grenier at Christie's auction; gift of Mrs. Claude-Claire Grenier to MFA, June 22, 2005

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Claude-Claire Grenier

Byzantine, Early Byzantine Period, 6th–7th century

Place of Manufacture

East Mediterranean

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 123.


Width: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings