Ancient Art, Antiquities & Ancient Coins

Late Roman Christian Ring 4th,5th Century AD

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A bronze double band ring with inscription IAW and symbol of fish; 6 grams, 17.7mm inner diameter. Dark brown patina, very fine. From the collection of EU gentleman , acquired on the German art market in the 2000s. The fish (ichthys) was used as code for persecuted Christians to meet.During the times of persecution by the Romans in the first centuries, the fish symbol was used among Christians in hiding to display meeting places for everyone to meet and worship. They could be spotted on trees or doorways or even tombs and at the same time, the fish symbol was also used by several pagan religions so they wouldn?t bring about suspicion from anyone about what it could be.