The Virgin Nativity Cathedral

The Western Wall, Third to the North of the Doors

Dionisy's frescoes. The Western Wall, Third 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 a circumference of a smaller than the medallion diameter with the focus in its centre and arcs between the points on the circumference of the medallion that divide it into six equal parts. In the small circle, there is a round “flower” (with traces of pink pigment) with wavy edges between four embedded “peas” of the background (the central vertical line tilted to the left). The arcs form a shape similar to a six-pointed “star” outside which there are spreading «flowers” by the medallion circumference with wavy edges and a “pea” of the background in the middle (not directly opposite the “peas” of the central “flower”) and indented bases. The bottom left “flower” is yellow (ochre) with brown shading of the base, the bottom “flower” retains traces of a green (?) pigment while the top one retains traces of blue (azurite) and the bottom right one – red shading (ochre). In the comers of the “star” by the central circle there are six small trefoils with a round middle by the central circle and “petals” facing different directions. The bottom right trefoil is yellow (ochre) with brown strokes in the centre and “petals”; the bottom left trefoil retains yellowish traces and pink shading. 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 and on its outer border there are traces of the leg of a compass. Condition: damaged white chalk ground; strengthened diagonal cracks on the medallion; complete loss of pigments in the upper half of the medallion; considerable loss in the lower half, well-preserved ochre on the spreading and trefoil “flowers” at the bottom; complete loss of the cloth folds crossing the medallion. Conservation: 2000, restorer E.M.Christie.