Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Ancient Christian rings
My wife, Josie, and I recently went to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth to view the exhibit "Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art." The exhibit featured artwork from the catacombs in Rome, carved sarcophagi from the 4th and 5th centuries, and miscellaneous religious artifacts used the sacraments of the Church. Some of the most interesting displays, however, were of rings worn by Christians in the 3nd and 4th centuries (200-300AD). Most of them were made of carved carnelian stone, a variant of chalcedony. Unfortunately, I have been unable to get any photographs of any of those items (no photography is allowed in the exhibit), but I am working on locating some photos to put here soon! The rings typically were caved with the ichthus symbol, the chi-rho symbol, or sometimes a crucifix or "the good shepherd". Watch the blog for more information about these artifacts!