Seller: wear-the-past (1,924) 100%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371786065210 ............. This is an ancient Roman carnelian intaglio, dating to the 3rd - 4th century A.D. The gem is cut with a depiction of a monkey fishing, this is likely a satirical piece against the Christian religion. Missionaries sent out to convert the pagan Romans, as "fishers of men" may have been viewed as 'monkeys' by their enemies within the established state religion of Rome. It may also refer to fishermen as monkeys! The gem appears to have been reused during the medieval period, possibly set into a seal as it was recovered on a monastic site with medieval related items. If this seal was used by an Abbot or Prior, I doubt the satirical nature of the piece would have been known to them. The monkey fishing is rather an unusual and rare subject, it would make a nice addition to your collection, or can be remounted into a gold finger ring to be worn again today.OBJECT: IntaglioCULTURE: RomanDATE: c. 3rd - 4th century A.D.MATERIAL: CarnelianSIZE: 10.56mm x 10.65mm x 4.94mmWEIGHT: 0.9gThis item is guaranteed authentic and dates to the period described. A written guarantee can be provided on request. We accept returns if you are not satisfied with your purchase.I am a fully qualified Archaeologist and small finds specialist. All items can be viewed in person on request at Grays, Mayfair in London. Please see my website for details. Condition: good excavated condition, Type: Intaglio, Material: Carnelian, Colour: Orange, Culture: Roman, Date: c. 3rd century A.D.