The Annunciation

12th or possibly 11th century
North transept, Church of St. Foy, Conques, France

In her left hand the Virgin Mary holds her material for weaving the Temple curtain, and is handing it off to the person behind her (see detail below). A local guidebook refers to this person as a servant, but it may be the priest mentioned in the Protevangelium of James, paragraph 12.

The angel's scroll says GABRIEL ANGELVS, "the Angel Gabriel." There are no flowers, no water pot, no throne. Nearby, as part of a group with this sculpture, are figures of Isaiah and John the Baptist.

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Both images photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.