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The Book of Kells, c. 800 AD. This page contains the symbols of the Four Evangelists: a man (Matthew), a lion (Mark), an eagle (John) and an ox (Luke). The four cardinal points of the Zodiac.

Gospel symbols

An Italian majolica dish, c.1535-50; at the centre is the symbol of St Mark the Evangelist: a winged lion, with, unusually, a halo-crowned human face; the book represent St Mark's gospel, and the lion holds a sword, symbol of the Christian willingness to defend Christianity.

Plaque with the Symbol of the Evangelist John Date: ca. 1100 Geography: Made in, Conques, France Culture: French Medium: Copper: cut and gilt; champlevé and cloisonné enamel: black, lapis and lavender blue, turquoise, green, red, white, pinkish white. Dimensions: Overall: 4 x 2 3/8 x 1/8in. (10.1 x 6.1 x 0.3cm) Classification: Enamels Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 Accession Number: 17.190.429

Notable printers' marks. Historically, a printer’s mark is a symbol identifying a particular printer, such a mark was often an element of a larger pictoral image called a device.


Temari, is a Japanese thread ball, which is a symbol of perfection. There is a long history about the weaving of thread to create this artwork....Photo by...Nana Akua.

St Mark and his Winged Lion). Libro de horas de Carlos VIII, Rey de Francia. 15th century.

A sandstone relief, c.1200, made in Zamora, Spain, showing a lion (symbol of Christ as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah) trampling on a dragon, the personification of evil. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Plaque with Agnus Dei on a Cross between Emblems of the Four Evangelists, 1000–1050 German or North Italian Ivory