Fish in early Christian (Coptic) art
Fish in early Christian (Coptic) art
Limestone, Egypt, 5th century B. C.)

Musée du Louvre, Paris © cliché Chuzeville/RMN

The first Christians adopted the fish as a symbol as shown in the Roman catacombs where they met. It is interesting to emphasize that the word IKHTHUS means fish in Greek, and can be interpreted as Iêsus KHristos THéou Uios Sôter, i.e. Jesus-Christ, son of the God Saviour.

The importance of the symbol may still be observed nowadays in the fact that fish is one of the most frequent forms used for chocolates during Easter, a key period in the Christian cycle.

 


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