Mandorla or Aureole as Symbols for Deification

The word "aureole" comes from the Latin word for "gold." It is symbolic of divinity and supreme power. An elongated aureole is called a "mandorla" or "almond." It is sometimes used to surround the entire body of Christ or the Virgin Mary and Child.

A Mandorla is a Vesica Piscis shaped aureola which surrounds the figures in traditional Christian art. This symbol is also often depicted around Christ, saints, or prophets, as they pass in and out of different realms of existence by hand and wrist grips.

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