Mary is attended by
the twelve apostles, who are not distinguished from one another
iconographically except for the fourth apostle from the left, who may
be identified as St. John the Evangelist because he has no beard.
Missing from the
traditional Dormition scene are Mary's soul and her son.
Funeral liturgy is
signified by the censers hanging from the angels' hands, the candles
held by two of the apostles, and possibly the book in the hand
of the third apostle from the left.
is an incomplete phrase, "REGINA MUNDI DE TERRIS ET DE" -- "Queen of
the World, of Earth
More of the Dormition