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One 'deacon' holds aloft the large wooden tau-cross ...
Its use illustrates the adoption by the early Christians, as in the case of the tau-cross, of prechristian symbols.
The figure found in the tau-cross was the symbol of eternal life with the ancient Egyptians.
_dolphin_, a _tau cross_, and this same _tau-cross_ having _a bell_ attached to it, as in No. 393, sculptured on the fine heraldic chimney-piece, the work of Bishop PETER DE COURTENAY (died in 1492), now in the hall of the Episcopal Palace at Exeter.