Fish-Shaped Brooches

Illustration

Jan van der Crabben
by Swiss National Museum
published on 21 January 2019
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Fish-shaped brooches. Gold, silver, with almandine (a precious stone) and glass inlays. c. 500 CE. Bülach. Canton of Zurich.

In early Christianity, the fish was used as a secret sign of identification amongst believers. The Greek word for fish, “ichthus”, is made up of the first letters of the words in the phrase “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour” in Greek.

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