Decorated niche of Virgin Mary

Decorated  niche of Virgin Mary

Decorated  Niche of Virgin Mary suckling  the infant Jesus.

Excavations at the Monastery of St. Jeremiah in Saqqara have yielded several niches that were pierced into the eastern walls of monks’ cells. Monks used these niches as spaces in which to pray. These niches bear Christian scenes showing the enthroned Jesus. Two niches are decorated with the Virgin Mary nursing the infant Jesus. She is depicted flanked by angels and saints.

Date: 6th or 7th century A.D


Monastery of St. Jeremiah - Saqqara