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Istanbul Kariye or Chora Church

Istanbul Kariye or Chora Church

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Joseph, husband of Mary the mother of Jezus, and his flowering staff.

From the Wikipedia: Some statues of Joseph depict his staff as topped with flowers, recalling the non-canonical Protoevangelion's account of how Mary's spouse was chosen by collecting walking sticks of widowers in Israel, and Joseph's alone bursting into flower, thus identifying him as divinely chosen.

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