The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Western Wall, the Second to the North of the Doors

Dionisy's frescoes. The Western Wall, the Second to the North of the Doors

In the medallion (75 cm in diameter) there is a flower-leaf ornament against a black background. The geometrical pattern of the ornament is built of three circumferences of the medallion diameter with the foci on the circumference dividing it into three parts. The intersecting arcs form a “flower” with three “petals” (the bottom right petal is slightly asymmetrical in relation to the left one), between which there are three small circles. The “petals” have wavy edges and the bottom one retains traces of green (glauconite) pigment. In the small circles are “flowers” with wavy edges and embedded “peas” at the base of the medallion. The bottom and top left flowers retain traces of pink ochre and red shading on the latter. In between there are fan-shaped ochre “flowers” with wavy edges facing each other through the leaf and dark shading at the base. All the colour elements of the ornament including the wide border (3-3.5 cm) between the two thin ones have a white outline (white chalk ground). In the centre of the medallion as well as on its circumference and in the centres of the small rounded flowers (several) there are traces of the leg of a compass. Condition: thin cracks all over the surface of the medallion. Complete loss of colour in the round “flowers” and the top “petal”; the bottom ones retain traces of colour. Complete loss of the cloth folds crossing the medallion. Conservation: 2000, restorer E.M.Christie.