Medieval 'Seal Matrix' Finger Ring 012688

Medieval 'Seal Matrix' Finger Ring 012688
Extremely Rare Medieval 'Seal Matrix' Man's Finger Ring
Silver, 15.56 grams, 21.36 mm across. Internal 17.93 mm [UK size P 1/4, US size 7 3/4, Europe size 16.45]. Circa late 14th - early 15th century AD, probably made during the reign of Mircea the Elder (ruler of Wallachia 1386-1418). Formed from a wide band, flaring slightly to where it is affixed to the back of the circular bezel. The 22.91 mm diameter bezel is incuse and reverse cut to provide a seal with the central design of a highly stylised bird with wings spread and the legend +S'[-]ED[-]A*I[--]A[---], possibly not legible but derived from the Slavic language. Reference: Luminita Dumitriu, Der Mittelalterliche Schmuck Des Unteren Donaugebietes Im 11-15. Janhrhundert, Muzeul National De Istorie a Romaniei Bucuresti, 2001; plate 47, No 5; and generally plate 91, No 1-17. Very fine wearable condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Bulgaria.

 
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