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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 6r

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Zone 1:
1) Joseph: Brethren given Corn -- Joseph, with staff in left hand, sits in chair above two corn bins, directing servant, wearing cap, with measure filling sacks of four brethren, including two wearing caps; three kneel; three asses. Illustration of Genesis 42:25.
2) Jacob: sending Benjamin with Sons -- Jacob, wearing hat, sits in chair under curtained rod, and places left hand on shoulder of Benjamin received by Judah, wearing cap, raising his left hand. To right, four brethren, including one holding gold coin (?) and two holding gold vessels, accompany Benjamin holding two gold coins (?), seated on camel, beside camel, and ass with sack. All depart to right; tree. Illustration of Genesis 43:11-14.
Zone 2:
Joseph: Brethren charged with Theft of Cup -- Joseph sits with legs crossed in chair with footstool, with right hand pointing to partly kneeling Benjamin whose right hand is grasped by servant, wearing cap, holding up gold ciborium. Gold ciborium appears in sack on ground; another servant grasps one of three brethren; two kneel with hands raised. To right, two servants, wearing caps, seize Benjamin mounted on camel and one of three brethren, two wearing caps; two asses. Illustration of Genesis 44:6-12.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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