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France, Tours or Paris, between ca. 1490-1510
MS M.291 fol. 66r

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, crossed nimbus, bleeding from wounds, wearing short loincloth, is affixed with three nails to cross with titulus INRI. At left are two Holy Women, veiled, Virgin Mary, veiled with wimple, Evangelist John supporting Mary, and Mary Magdalen, seated, embracing the cross. Her ointment jar is at foot of the cross. All are nimbed. At right is Longinus of Jerusalem (?), wearing armor, astride horse, indicating Christ with his right hand. Behind him are others holding spears or lances, two on horseback, some only spear or lance visible.
Scene in landscape with walled city in background.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including rose, columbine, daisy, viola, and inhabited by bird and dragonfly.

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