Antique Gems and Rings, Volume 2

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Bell and Daldy, 1872 - Art, Ancient - 483 pages
 

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Page 17 - Let the engraving upon the gem of your ring be either a dove, or a fish, or a ship running before the wind, or a musical lyre, the device used by Polycrates, or a ship's anchor...
Page 17 - If the device represents a man fishing, the wearer will be put in mind of the Apostles, and of the little children drawn up out of the water. For we must not engrave upon it idols, which we are forbidden even to look upon ; nor a sword or bow, for we are followers of peace; nor a drinking cup, for we are sober men.

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