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Item:372647308806This is a nice example of an early medieval / Byzantine signet ring, dating to the 6th - 8th century A.D. It is decorated with a raised button bezel, engraved with a design of 'two men in a boat'. The shape of the vessel would indicate a freshwater fishing boat (such as a Coracle), rather than a seafaring longboat. During the Roman period, early Christians used simple designs of fish or anchors to identify with each other, later Roman and Byzantine missionaries used fishing boats, or nets as a metaphor for their role as 'Fishers of men'. I would date this ring to the post-Roman period, the design and shape of the ring being a Byzantine type. A nice and wearable example.OBJECT: Signet RingCULTURE: Early Medieval / ByzantineDATE: c. 6th - 8th century A.D.MATERIAL: SilverRING SIZE: 7 (US) O (UK)SIZE: 23mm x 20mm x 3mm (bezel 11mm x 10mm x 4mm) WEIGHT: 3.70 gramsPROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection (this is not a British find!)This ring is unconditionally guaranteed to be an antique original and to date from the period described. A certificate of authenticity will be supplied on request.Provenance:Ex. Northern European private collection, Material:Silver
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6th - 8th century A.D. Early Medieval Silver Signet Ring Fishing Boat Size 7