Roman Silver Intaglio Ring Early Christian Fish
This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2bd - 3rd century A.D. The ring is set with the original carnelian intaglio, depicting a fish. The intaglio is set tight and all original to the ring. The Fish was used as a secret symbol to identify early Christians, though the original owner could have also been a fisherman or fishmonger. Sadly the lower hoop of the ring is split. Still a nice and original jewel for the collector.
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Silver & Carnelian
RING SIZE: 2 1/2 (US) E (UK)
SIZE: 19mm x 17mm x 3mm (bezel 8mm x 8mm x 5mm) intaglio 6mm x 4mm)
WEIGHT: 2.5 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. private collection, Hertfordshire