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mandorla. Almond-shaped figure composed of two vertical arcs each passing through the other's centre, enclosing a panel, called aureole, halo, or vesica piscis, and often found in a Gothic tympanum of a doorway.

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mandorla another term for vesica piscis. The word is Italian, and means literally ‘almond’, referring to the pointed oval shape of the figure.

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Mandorla (almond-shaped aureole): see HALO.

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