Mandorla. Shaped like an almond. The shape is symbolic of a glory or divine light for a full figure. Often saints or the Virgin Mary in full figure are shown in a mandorla panel. Religious medals, charms and seals in the shape of a mandorla are common. If both ends of the oval are pointed the shape is known as vesica piscis. See full figure, unusual shapes.
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For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators
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