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orant

[awr-uh nt, ohr-] /ˈɔr ənt, ˈoʊr-/
noun, Fine Arts.
1.
a representation of a female figure, with outstretched arms and palms up in a gesture of prayer, in ancient and early Christian art.
Also, orante
[aw-ran-tee, oh-ran-] /ɔˈræn ti, oʊˈræn-/ (Show IPA),
orans.
Origin of orant
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Medieval Latin ōrant- (stem of ōrāns), present participle of ōrāre to plead. See oration, -ant
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  • A massive bronze ring has the bezel engraved with the figure of an orante; on the hoop is also a sigillum engraved with a cross.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
  • The back has an orante or Virgin in the centre, and male figures at the ends, with S-shaped striations between.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • Quæ statim mortua est; sed paulò pòst, orante Taurino ac jubente ut resurgeret, in nomine Domini resuscitata est.

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