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France, Amiens, between 1280 and 1299
MS M.729 fol. 332v

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, cross-nimbed, wears crown of thorns on His inclined head and long loin cloth. He bleeds from His wounds and is affixed with three nails to cross, with titulus inscribed INRI. He is flanked by two thieves; each is bound by ropes to cross. Young Dysmas (good thief) wears tunic, and the elderly, bearded Gestas (bad thief) wears loin cloth. Longinus the Soldier wears hat, points to his left eye with his left hand and pierces side of Christ with spear in his right hand. With bucket in his left hand, Stephaton extends sponge on reed toward head of Christ while the Centurion (Longinus) raises his right hand toward Him. Plants sprout from earth.
Scene with diapered background within Gothic architectural frame decorated with cusps of ball and foliate terminals, and six French heraldic shields, including Moreuil (three) and Count of Grandpr³b (one), in medallions.

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