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Roundel, Annunciation to the Virgin

Roundel, Annunciation to the Virgin, 1500–1510
South Netherlandish
Colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain; Overall: 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Cloisters Collection, 1972 (1972.245.1)
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This silver stain roundel depicts the angel Gabriel announcing that Mary will conceive and bear a son, Jesus. The Latin inscription on the golden banderole above the two figures reads “Hail, full of grace,” and is taken from the Gospel of Luke, 1:28. The golden vessel filled with white lilies alludes to the purity of the Virgin’s womb.

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