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Gradual, Sequentiary, and Sacramentary
Germany, Weingarten, ca. 1225-1250
MS M.711 cover, front

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Virgin Mary: Coronation -- Below personifications of sun and moon, Virgin Mary, veiled, holding scepter in right hand and raising left hand, inclines head toward Christ, crossed nimbus, placing crown (now lost) on her head. Both figures are seated on bench with footstool inscribed HAINRICUS SACRISTA.
Below inscription, within arch, is half-figure of Hainricus Sacrista, raising hands.
In four corners of scene are medallions enclosing symbols of Evangelists John as eagle, Matthew as nimbed angel, Mark as winged lion, and Luke as winged ox.
Border (partially destroyed) is decorated with enlaid gems and filigree.

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