Mary of Egypt
Miniature of St Zosimas, presented as a Benedictine, St Mary of Egypt, from the British Museum. St Zosimas has just removed his cuculla (the very ample outer garment that monks wear in choir on other solemn occasions) is giving it to Mary that she might clothe her nakedness with it. Mary has miraculously grown hair to cover her nakedness, but she accepts the cuculla gratefully all the same [and is thus clothed as a monastic].
The Dunois Hours, France, c1440–50 © British Library This image shows the meeting of St Mary of Egypt and Zosimus. According to legend, Mary was a courtesan who repented of her sinful life and lived as a recluse, surviving for years on three loaves of bread. As her garments disintegrated, hair grew to cover her body. St Zosimus was a desert monk who gave Mary his cloak and administered her final communion