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Byzantine, 12th/ 13th century | Cameo with the Archangel Saint Michael

Byzantine, 12th/ 13th century | Cameo with the Archangel Saint Michael

Byzantine, 12th/ 13th century | Cameo with the Archangel Saint Michael

Byzantine, 12th/ 13th century

Cameo with the Archangel Saint Michael


chalcedony, within a probably later silver ring mount

the mount marked: 800

cameo: 11.8mm., 0.47in.

ring mount: 30mm., 1.18in.

ring size: U

Overall in very good condition with minor surface wear and dirt consistent with age, including some dirt in the crevices. A few minor nicks to the cameo. Small dents and minor oxidation to the ring mount.


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Private collection, UK
The Archangel Michael was among the most popular saints in the Late Byzantine Empire. He was frequently depicted in hardstone, including in a bloodstone cameo dated 11th/ 12th century in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (inv. no. 42.6) and in a late 14th century cameo in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (inv. no. 40.20.58). The symmetrical, frontal depiction of the saint seen here, dressed in long robes and armour, follows a type familiar from Late Byzantine icons. An anologous figural style appears in a cameo of Daniel in the Lion's den, catalogued as Venetian, 13th century, is in the Staatliche Münzsammlung, Munich.

RELATED LITERATURE
I. Weber, Geschnittene Steine aus altbayerischem Besitz: Kameen und Intaglien des 15. bis späten 17. Jahrhunderts in der Staatlichen Münzsammlung München, Berlin, 2001, p. 43, no. 1