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Antique Russian Jesus Christ Priest Signet Ring

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Antique Russian Jesus Christ Priest Signet Ring

$1,500.00


Description

DATE: Edwardian, c.1910

An incredible Russian Orthodox priest's ring featuring Jesus Christ with the Cyrillic characters "IC XC NI KA" which stand for: "Jesus Christ is victorious" (i.e. over death and sin). The IC and XC are the first and last letters of Christ's name in Greek (Iisous Khristos; Old Rite Slavonic: Ісоусъ Христосъ) and the NI and KA stand for NIKA, which in Greek means "He conquers" or "He is victorious".

The back of the head features a block of Cyrillic text... anyone familiar with Cyrillic? I'm going to hazard that it's a prayer but really have no idea. The ring is a large size, and crafted in silver, with gilt ornamentation to the head, and the quality - as is so often the case with Russian jewellery - is superb. It dates from the early 20th Century, and remains in great condition.

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 2.4cm

Width of band: 6.8mm

WEIGHT 

20.9g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as silver

CONDITION 

Very good

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