Sarcophagi close-up of a fisherman
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"If a fisherman be depicted thereon this will remind us of the apostle and of the children fished from the water. Yet beware of depicting idols for it is unlawful even to gaze upon them" (Clement's Paedagogus). Clement, who in the Paedagogus can object at such length to cosmetics, ornaments, lavishly decorated household goods, soft beds...and who's ridicule of idolatry is unceasing nonetheless allows what must have already been common practice: the use of iconography of simple Christian symbols. Obviously, certain forms of visual representation were not seen to be in conflict with the Christian faith. In an age heavily laden with iconography Christians were using the resources at hand to augment their own faith and communicated to others. Sarcophagi close-up of a fisherman, in upper left hand corner is Jonah under the cucurbitas.