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Title Antiquity Reused. Antique Engraved Gems on Byzantine Rings
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About author Jenny Albani — Architect, Art historian, Professor (Hellenic Open University). Directorate of Museums, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs. 20, Bouboulinas Str., 10682 Athens, Greece
In the section Classical Legacy in the Art of Byzantine Oikoumene and Beyond DOI10.18688/aa155-2-19
Year 2015 Volume 5 Pages 195202
Type of article RAR Index UDK 739.2; 7.032; 7.033.2; Index BBK 85.125

It is nowadays generally accepted that the Byzantines were familiar with the art of the antiquity. In this context antique gemstones, cameos and intaglios, were incorporated in mediaeval jewellery, especially in rings. How did the Byzantines “reuse antiquity” in relation to their rings, these precious objects of prestige or personal adornment? Did they keep their original meaning or were they affected by Christian faith? Can we speculate on the identity of these rings’ owners? These are the questions which the author of the paper tries to deal with. 

Reference Jenny Albani. Antiquity Reused. Antique Engraved Gems on Byzantine Rings. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 5. Eds: Svetlana V. Maltseva, Ekaterina Yu. Stanyukovich-Denisova, Anna V. Zakharova. St. Petersburg, NP-Print Publ., 2015, pp. 195–202. ISSN 2312-2129.
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