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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1470
MS M.30 fol. 13v

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Christ:Crucifixion -- Christ, crossed nimbus, with crown of thorns, wearing short loincloth, bleeding from wounds, is affixed with three nails to tau cross with titulus, INRI. At left are Holy Women, nimbed (only nimbus visible of one), Evangelist John, nimbed, his right hand on right shoulder of Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, with joined hands, kneeling or swooning. At right are Longinus of Jerusalem with scroll inscribed VERE FILIUS DEI ERAT ISTE, and soldier and man wearing knotted sash as headgear, indicating Christ with right hand. Above, rays descend toward cross from arc of Heaven.
Miniature in grisaille with gold and color detail.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament, in grisaille with color detail, inhabited by peacock.

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