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Elements of Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture

3rd C. BCE. A common image in ancient Greece of a shepherd carrying a sheep over his shoulders, continued in roman art. Later co-opted by early christians as a metaphorical image of Christ in mosaics. Marble. Vatican Museum.

The Good Shepherd, century CE. A common image in ancient Greece of a shepherd carrying a sheep over his shoulders, continued in Roman art. Later co-opted by early christians as a metaphorical image of Christ in mosaics, Vatican Museum, Rome.

St. Agnes  Early Christian Mosaics from the Fourth to the Seventh Centuries: Rome, Naples, Milan, Ravenna.  Fourteen Plates in Color.  Translated from the German, 1946.  Jewelled belt, wrapped over dress, decorated underdress and fabric belt. Wonderfully complex hair style. I love it.

Agnes Early Christian Mosaics from the Fourth to the Seventh Centuries: Rome, Naples, Milan, Ravenna. Fourteen Plates in Color. Translated from the German,

EARLY CHRISTIAN STAMP SEAL WITH A FISH, c. 4th-6th century AD. Hard fired clay with remains of handle on rv. 3.25 inches diameter. Rare

Early Christian stamp seal depicting a fish, century AD. Hard fired clay with remains of handle on rv. in diameter.

EARLY CHRISTIAN PERIOD: Fish in early Christian (Coptic) art  Limestone, Egypt, 5th century B. C.

Fish in early Christian (Coptic) art Limestone, Egypt, century B.fish and cross, still christian symbolism

Christian symbols of two fish and what appears to be a trident, which was probably a disguise for the cross symbol, which might identify the person as a Christian and subject his family to persecution. Catacombs.

Writings from the catacombs of Rome by persecuted christians hiding out.

Early Christian Symbols | Ship image found in Christian catacombs

Ship as a Symbol of the Church (Bark of St. Peter) -- Early Christian Symbols of the Ancient Church

"This is an early Christian icon of the Madonna and Child, one of only eight that survived eighth-century iconoclasm. Seeing this newly discovered Madonna at the Temple Gallery in London led me to my love of icons. I had been afraid of them art-historically speaking, because they are so difficult to fit into a historical pattern. But this little icon showed me what they meant and how they transcend art history: they come from a different place and draw us to a different place." ~ Sister…

"This is an early Christian icon of the Madonna and Child, one of only eight that survived eighth-century iconoclasm. newly discovered Madonna at the Temple Gallery.

COPTIC TEXTILE. Egypt, Christian Period, c. 4th-6th century AD. Double-weave fabric with large ornate early Christian cross, bird(s) & chalices in the field. Right edge lost. 8.5 x 10 inches

Egypt, Christian Period, c. Double-weave fabric with large ornate early Christian cross, bird(s) & chalices in the field. Right edge lost. x 10 inches

An Early Christian cross from Ireland. In early Irish culture, there were no cruxifications on the early crosses as they symbolized where to find spirit. The four arms are gateways leading to the center "triscele". In the older Irish traditions, Uisineach is center where the great Bile Sacred tree grew. It connected 3 worlds, roots set in the Earth connected to past and ancestors, it grew in present and branches reach out to future. It was where the no. 7 is sacred and where the Spirit…

An Early Christian cross inscribed slab from Clonmacnoise in County Offaly. The text on the slab roughly translates as 'A prayer for the servant of Michael'

early Christian oil lamp

Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles - Crossroads Initiative

Early Christian stela incorporating a looped cross (crux ansata) or ankh symbol, surrounded by the vine of eternal life, illustrating the fusion of pharaonic iconography with Christian motifs in Byzantine Egypt.  Country of Origin: Egypt .:. Culture: Coptic .:. Date/Period: 4th-7th C AD .:. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York     .:.

Early Christian stela incorporating a looped cross (crux ansata) or ankh symbol, surrounded by the vine of eternal life, illustrating the fusion of pharaonic iconography with Christian motifs in Byzantine Egypt.

Early Christian funerary art from the Roman catacombs depicting the good shepherd 3rd-5th century CE   #TuscanyAgriturismoGiratola

Early Christian funerary art from the Roman catacombs depicting the good shepherd century CE

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