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Children’s Ring

This small gold ring becomes wider on the upper sides and forms a circular bezel. The flat circular surface is decorated with the inscription ΕΠΑΓΑΘΩ (for good fortune), spelt to fit the circular shape of the surface.

It is a children’s ring of the Byzantine period. Similar rings have been found in excavations in Cyprus. In his book Cyprus Antiquities (London: W. Holmes & Son, 1881), Alexander Palma di Cesnola refers to his excavations at Kourion, where personal pieces of gold jewellery were found, such as earrings, rings, bracelets, talismans, necklaces and buttons. Burial chaplets made of sheets of gold with embossed decorations and some children’s rings inscribed ΕΠΑΓΑΘΩ were also fou ...
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1st century
Image and text © The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia

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