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Zir Ganela Gospels
Ethiopia, 1400-1401
MS M.828 fol. 6v

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Under architectural setting of trefoil arch enclosing cross-surmounted hanging lamp, Virgin Mary nimbed, veiled, seated on cross-surmounted chair, right hand raised, basket of wool in left hand, approached from right by Archangel Gabriel nimbed, right hand extended, cross-staff in left hand, dove of Holy Ghost descending between them; inscription, “How Gabriel announced to Mary” (Ge’ez).

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