Tau is a letter of the alphabet in both Hebrew and Greek which represented the totality of a person's life, and came to symbolize the cross of crucifixion. St. Francis of Assisi was especially fond of it as a symbol, signing correspondence with it in place of his own signature. This pressed wood tau cross features an image of St. Francis with the line “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace,” as well as images of Pope Francis and St. Peter’s Basilica. Gold detail. Made in Italy.