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VESICA PISCIS (Fr. amande mystique)

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Originally appearing in Volume V27, Page 1051 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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VESICA PISCIS (Fr. amande mystique), in architecture, the term given to a pointed oval panel formed by two equal circles cutting each other in their centres; this is a common form given to a panel in which the figure of Christ is represented. It is commonly employed in medieval seals, and especially those of bishops and monastic establishments.
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