The Romans used pins to keep their clothes fastened and for decoration. Fish were a popular motif not just in jewelry, but even in mosaics; in addition to being an important food source, fish were often seen decorating the homes of merchants, fishermen and others who relied on the sea. It’s also been surmised that fish jewelry was worn by early Christians, and given the symbolic connection, that seems very plausible. There’s been a number of fish pins recovered, and many still retain traces of colored enamel. You can learn more about Roman brooches and see a few examples here.
These pins are made from copper etched with a fish design based on Roman examples. In place of glass enamel, I’ve used alcohol-based inks to add color.
Length: 1 5/8 inches