"And all came with nimbi and aureoles and gloriae," (U12.1712)

In Christian art, the 3 terms nimbus, aureole and glory refer to the radiance around a sacred figure. Though used with overlap, a NIMBUS strictly refers to radiance around the head. It can take several forms, as seen in these holy cards, including a luminous disk (= halo). The nimbus first appeared in Christian art in the 5c., but the same device had been used in non-Christian art (eg Persian, Indian) for several centuries.