The Vesica Piscis is a pointed oval figure used as an architectural feature and as an aureole enclosing figures such as Christ or the Virgin Mary in medieval art. It is a shape that is the intersection of two disks with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each disk lies on the perimeter of the other. The name literally means the "bladder of a fish" in Latin. The shape is also called mandorla ("almond" in Italian). It has received recent attention amongst fans of sacred geometry, some of which go so far as to liken the vesica piscis to the external female genitalia, the cradle of humanity.