E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
is a picture with a hidden meaning; the meaning is cast into or inserted in the visible device. Thus, a balance is an emblem of justice, white of purity, a sceptre of sovereignty. (Greek, en-ballo, which gives the Greek emblma.) (See APOSTLES, PATRON SAINTS.)
Some of the most common and simple emblems of the Christian Church are
A chalice. The eucharist.
The circle inscribed in an equilateral triangle. To denote the co-equality and co-eternity of the Trinity.
A cross. The Christians life and conflict; the death of Christ for mans redemption.
A crown. The reward of the perseverance of the saints.
A dove. The Holy Ghost.
A hand from the clouds. To denote God the Father.
A lamb, fish, pelican, etc., etc. The Lord Jesus Christ.