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Bay 20 - St Mary of Egypt
(All images © Dr Stuart Whatling)
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01 - Censing angels (Relocated) 02 - Apostle or Prophet (Relocated) 03 - Pair of adoring angels (Relocated) 04 - Pair of adoring angels (Relocated and restored) 05 - Christ blessing (Relocated) 06 - Apostle or Prophet (Relocated) 07 - Mary buys three loaves of bread 08 - Mary travels into the desert 09 - Mary praying in the wilderness 10 - Zosima instructs Mary in the faith 11 - Zosima gives Mary the sacraments 12 - Death of Mary 13 - A lion approaches Mary's body 14 - Zosima and the lion bury Mary 15 - Mary's soul ascends to Heaven 16 - Censing angel
Unrelated panels (Pentecost/Ascension?):
01 - Pair of censing angels (Relocated)

02 - Apostle or Prophet (Relocated)

03 - Pair of adoring angels (Relocated)

04 - Pair of adoring angels (Relocated)

05 - Christ blessing (Relocated)

06 - Apostle or Prophet (Relocated)

Index to the hagiographic panels:
07 - Mary buys three loaves of bread

08 - Mary travels into the desert

09 - Mary praying in the wilderness

10 - Zosima instructs Mary in the faith

11 - Zosima gives Mary the sacraments

12 - Death of Mary

13 - A lion approaches Mary's body

14 - Zosima and the lion bury Mary

15 - Mary's soul ascends to Heaven

16 - Censing angel

Overview:
Although these are some of my worst photographs, I thought I would include them here for the sake of completeness - and because of the interesting iconographical conumndrum posed by the lower section. This was the only bay I attempted to photograph on the southern side of the choir - the bright sunshine was too much of a problem, particularly given the poor condition of the glass.

Panels 01-06 are clearly re-used from another window - perhaps one dedicated to the events after Christ's resurrection. As well as three 'censing angels' panels, there are two panels showing seated book-toting figures with the distinctive rays of light falling on their heads that are a conventional medieval sign indicating divine inspiration. Finally we have one panel which apparently shows Christ's Ascension - though the various debates about whether the northern tympanum of the Portail Royale at Chartres depicts the Ascension, the Parousia, or the eternal 'Christ that is to come', also apply here. Christ is shown full length, standing above the cloud frill rather than ascending through it, while the 'Apostles', unlike the standing figures in conventional Pentecost images, are here shown seated beneath an arcade. As with the figures in the lintel at Chartres, to whom they bear a marked resemblance, these could arguably represent the Old Testament prophets who foretold Christ's coming. Indeed the similarity of these panels to the tympanum and lintel at Chartres is too striking to be mere coincidence. For detailed discussion of the debates over the Chartrain tympanum see Margot Fassler, 'Liturgy and Sacred History in the Twelfth Century Tympana at Chartres', The Art Bulletin, 1993, vol.LXXV, esp. p.508ff.

The remaining panels depict the life of St Mary of Egypt, a popular female equivalent to the early 'desert fathers', whose story also appears in the windows at Bourges and at Chartres. The first third of her story, covering her time as a prostitute in Alexandria, her journey to the Holy Land and her miraculous conversion, are all lost.