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The Annunciation:Snake
The Annunciation:Snake
The Virgin Mary stands upon a snake, a sign that she is the new Eve and the personification of the Church, conquering sin through her conception of Jesus.

German, Hildesheim, about 1170s
Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment
11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.
MS. 64, FOL. 11V