VINTAGE FRENCH ' CHRISM ' THE 80'S
VINTAGE FRENCH ' CHRISM' ( MONOGRAM OF CHRIST ) CHARM PENDANT, THE 80'S, SOLID YELLOW GOLD 18K, WEIGHT 3.6 GR, CENTER DIAMETER 18 MM ( 11/16 INCH ), HALLMARKED : 1 EAGLE HEAD FRENCH PUNCH 750 ( GOLD 18K ).
The Chrism, is a monogram glyph of Christ, formed from the first two Greek letters of his name, khi and rho, but it is also sometimes formed from the two Greek letters Ι (iota) and Χ (khi).
They are often accompanied by the letters α (alpha) and ω (omega). These letters, which begin and end the Greek alphabet, symbolize totality: the beginning and the end in the Apocalypse of Saint Jean, 22:13.
The story goes that the emperor, Constantine, a recent convert to Christianity, would have received the chrism in a dream, accompanied by the message “In hoc signo vinces” (by this sign you will conquer). After his victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge which pitted him against his rival Maxentius at the gates of Rome in 312, the chrism became one of the official symbols of Roman emperors of the Christian faith.
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