Ecclesia and Synagoga


First half of 13th century
Stained glass
Elisabethkirche, Marburg/Lahn, Germany

The portraits are side-by-side in a window in the ambulatory. Ecclesia wears a crown and her right hand holds a laver, the footed washbowl prescribed in Exodus 30:18-19 and referenced in Ephesians 5:26. Her left holds a staff with a cruciform fitting at the top.

In contrast, Synagoga is blindfolded and her crown has fallen from her head. There is nothing at the top of her staff. I am not sure what she is holding in her right hand, but it is probably intended as a contrast to the laver.

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Source: Bernhard Dietrich