This is one of the 13 mosaics along the upper band of the left
wall of the nave that follow the life of Christ. The mosaics show
a youthful Jesus without a beard. He usually blesses a person with
the fingers of his right hand held in the "Old
Believers" configuration, but in this case the fingers are
The episode is told in Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, and Luke
8:43-48. The woman makes her way through a large crowd and touches
a tassel on Jesus' cloak, hoping to be cured of a flow of blood.
Jesus asks who just touched him and, in Mark and Luke, she falls
down on the ground and admits that it was she. The three men
standing on the right in this mosaic signify the crowd; the one
left of Jesus is one of his disciples.
Alternatively this could be the "Syrophoenician woman" of Mark
7:24-30, who also falls down at Jesus' feet, begging him to cure
her daughter, but no crowd is mentioned in that passage.
See also a view of the entire
left wall with commentary on the iconography of Jesus and
the apostles in these mosaics.
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