Posted 6 years ago
I got this little ring at an antiques market. It is made of a silver alloy. When I bought it, it was so dirty that the inscription was not even visible. Once cleaned the writing was revealed, which made it really interesting.
Somebody once translated it for me. It is in ancient Arabic script, and it is a sort of ‘memento mori’. It reads something like “good fortune does not last forever”.
It dates back to the early medieval period, roughly 6th to 13th centuries, and it probably originated somewhere in the Byzantine Empire. Condition is fine for its age, and I do wear it occasionally.