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The Virgin, stands at the right, her right hand raised in acknowledgment, and a book held in her left (these details are faint and confused now, and her red mantle has largely merged with the background). At the left is Gabriel - his dark mantle was once green, and is an example of how unstable pigments change colour with age - and his wings were once red, green and yellow. He holds an inscribed scroll, and traces of the inscription remain - possibly the word Maria.
Between the two figures is a lily-pot, painted in cream with a branching flower emerging from it, and below the pot is a shield bearing the arms of Mortayne¹, probably for Margaret, the wife of Thomas Giffard, whose own arms appear elsewhere on paintings in the church. Whether Margaret had any connection with the Mortayne/Moretaine family who were Lords of the Manor of Marston Morteyne, some 40 miles to the east, I do not know, but it seems quite likely. She and her husband were probably responsible for commissioning the 14th century work at South Newington.
¹ In heraldic language, a shield ermine, a chief dancetty gules [ET Long, Medieval Wall Paintings in Oxfordshire Churches, Oxoniensia, Vol.XXXV11, 1972, p.100-101].
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