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Anchor Cross (alternate #1) or White lead

This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Anchor Cross (alternate #1) or White lead.

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This symbol, which can take several different forms, is a variation of the Christian cross.

While the anchor cross functioned as a symbol of hope, there was also a deeper meaning to its use. During the early centuries of Christianity, persecution by the Romans was a genuine fear, thus the faithful avoided using the cross on which Jesus had been crucified as their symbol. Instead, various forms of the anchor cross materialized as substitutes. For this reason, the anchor cross also became known as the crux dissimulata (meaning "dissimilar"), implying the hidden meaning of the symbol.

In the context of alchemy, this particular form of the anchor cross can also indicate white lead. For more detail on this substance, see the symbol for 'White lead (alchemy)'.


Graphical characteristics:
Symmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains straight lines, Has crossing lines.

Category: Religious Symbols.

Anchor Cross (alternate #1) or White lead is part of the Christian Symbols group.

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