The Nativity Window: Detail, the birth of Jesus

Stained glass
Cathedral of St. Peter, Regensburg, Germany

The image folows an older pattern: A recumbent Mary lies below the manger; the child lies in the manger, attended by the ox and ass. But in this case the manger is somehow supported by an architectural structure, perhaps representing a church and by extension the Church.

St. Joseph seems to be holding a white staff with his right hand while pointing to the star with his left. He wears a "Jew's hat" like those on the Israelites in a relief on the west façade.

View the entire window
More of The Nativity

Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.