The Dormition of the Virgin

Limoges, 1200-1220
Gilded copper, champlevé enamel
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Mary is attended by the twelve apostles, who are not distinguished from one another iconographically except for the fourth apostle from the left, who may be identified as St. John the Evangelist because he has no beard.

Missing from the traditional Dormition scene are Mary's soul and her son.

Funeral liturgy is signified by the censers hanging from the angels' hands, the candles held by two of the apostles, and possibly the book in the hand of the third apostle from the left.

The inscription is an incomplete phrase, "REGINA MUNDI DE TERRIS ET DE" – "Queen of the World, of Earth and of"

More of the Dormition

Source: Insecula