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Signet ring

Found at Novo Brdo, Serbia

Mid-fourteenth century, gemma 4th-3rd century BC, Greece

Silver, casting, engraving, two-layered precious stone, carving

Diameter 30mm

MAA Inv. No. 4407

The ring was made in the goldsmiths workshops at Novo Brdo, the most important centre of the Serbian medieval mining, goldwork and trading. It belonged, according to the inscription on the top of the ring, to a feudal overlord Radul. The massive loop, made of the finest glamsko silver from Novo Brdo, is embellished with decorative motifs, which merge the local tradition with the influences of both the Byzantine and Western goldsmithing.

In the second half of the fourteenth century gold and silver rings made at Novo Brdo were set with classical antique gemmmes whose symbols and deities in the context of Christian art acquired a whole new meaning.