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[[Image:Mandorla Christ.jpg|frame|rght|Christ in a mandorla from the [[Transfiguration icon.]]]]
The '''mandorla''' or the '''nimbus''' is an [[iconiconography|iconographic]] symbol in the shape of a circle or an almond-shaped oval signifying heaven, [[Uncreated Light|Divine Glory]], or Light. ''Mandorla '' is Italian for "almond. " 
The mandorla is one of the clearest and most majestic attributes of [[Christ]] in [[iconography]]. With it, the glorified body of Christ is depicted beyond the earthly plane of being. Christ’s Christ's garments are usually bright and worked with gold when shown in this manner. It is also used for the [[Mother of God]] in those cases when it has to represent her glory beyond the earthly plane. A mandorla usually consists of three concentric circles most often of different shades of blue pierced by rays of light issuing from subject.
It is found in the icons of [[Pascha icon|Pascha]], the [[Ascension icon|Ascension]], [[All Saints icon|All Saints ]], [[Transfiguration icon|Transfiguration]], and the [[Dormition icon|Dormition]]. The mandorla shows that Jesus is present to the faithful, in these events, from outside time and space. The presence of the mandorla and the rays of light coming from Christ reveal his divinity, something that is beyond human comprehension. The mandorla is simply the iconographic way of representing heavenly glory, mystery, and majesty.
==Nimbuses or halos==
Nimbus can also refer to the halos of light around the heads of [[angels]] and [[saints]] in icons. Also in icons, Christ’s Christ's nimbus (halo) carries the [[cross]] and contains the Greek words meaning ''He Who Is''.
[[Category:About Icons]]
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