This design of intersecting curves was perhaps the earliest symbol of Christianity. It was a time when the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire was at its height, and secrecy among followers was paramount. A fish would be an obvious choice of symbol for Christians when referred to so frequently in the Gospels. Being made of two simply drawn arcs, it may have been a method for two Christians to secretly identify each other, one drawing a curve in the sand, the other completing the symbol.
A Christian symbol called 'Ichthys' in Latin. Engraved in Greek on reverse: IXOYE. Sterling Silver, Pendant: 1-1/4" wide, Chain length: 18"
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