A Christian ring from the time of the Roman Empire found in Israel

The ring found is 1,700 years old and has an image of the “Good Shepherd”.

Israel unveiled this Wednesday hundreds of archaeological objects found in underwater excavations in the Mediterranean, including a gold ring that remained under water for 1,700 years and is engraved with the image of the Good Shepherd, an allegory of Jesus Christ.

These objects have been discovered in recent months off the coast of Caesarea, located between the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa, where two ships sank 1,700 and 600 years ago, respectively, reported the Authority of Antiques Israeli (AIA).

In the excavations submarines was discovered an octagonal gold ring, set with a green gemstone and engraved with the image of a young shepherd in a tunic, with a ram or sheep on his shoulders.

According to Helena Sokolov, responsible for the conservation of pieces of the AIA, the image of Good Shepherd, which represents Jesus Christ as a guide to his people, he is very rare in a ring although he is very extended in Christian art.

The jewel, by virtue of its small size, it would have belonged a woman, according to Sokolov.

Its discovery off the coast of Caesarean section makes sense, since this city was the local capital of the Roman empire in the third century and its port was key at the time, Sokolov told AFP.

“In that time, Christianity was still in its infancy, but it was very evident that it was developing, especially in mixed cities like Caesarea ”, added the expert.

The Authority of Antiques also recovered hundreds of silver and bronze coins dating from Roman times, and hundreds of others from XIV century, precisely of the Mamluk era (medieval sultanate in the region). In addition, a red precious stone was discovered, along with ceramic objects and small figures.