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Zir Ganela Gospels
Ethiopia, 1400-1401
MS M.828 fol. 7r

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Virgin Mary: doubted, Testing with Water -- Under architectural setting of trefoil arch enclosing cross-surmounted hanging lamp, three male figures, each with right hand raised, beside Joseph the Carpenter and Virgin Mary veiled, both nimbed, right hands on drinking cup; to right, orant female figure; inscription, “How Joseph gave Mary the water of accusation to drink” (Ge’ez).

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