The Israel Antiquities Authority announced last month that archeologists discovered a rare 1,700-year-old gold ring with an image of a shepherd thought to represent Jesus and likely belonged to an early Christian.

Divers from the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Marine Archaeology Unit discovered the ring in a shipwreck off the coast of Caesarea, a region mentioned frequently in the New Testament, including in the book of Acts, as influential in the growth of Christianity.

According to the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority website, the octagonal gold ring is set with a green gemstone and carved “with the figure of a young shepherd boy dressed in a tunic and bearing a ram or a sheep on his shoulders.”

In John 10:11, Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd, “laying down his life for the sheep.”

“The’Good Shepherd’ image is one of the earliest and oldest images used in Christianity to symbolize Jesus,” according to the Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority. “It depicts Jesus as humanity’s compassionate shepherd, extending his kindness to his flock of believers as well as all humanity.”

According to the Times of Israel, its owner was most likely an early Christian.

The find was part of a larger discovery by marine archeologists who uncovered treasure from two ancient shipwrecks, including hundreds of silver coins and figurines. The first shipwreck occurred around 1,700 years ago, and the second around 600 years ago.

The ships were most likely anchored nearby and were destroyed by a storm, according to Jacob Sharvit and Dror Planer of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Marine Archaeology Unit. “They may have anchored offshore after getting into trouble or fearing stormy weather because sailors are well aware that mooring in shallow, open water outside of a port is dangerous and prone to disaster.”

The treasure was discovered scattered in shallow water about 13 feet deep.