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Vita Christi (Life of Christ)
France, perhaps Corbie, ca. 1175
MS M.44 fol. 7v

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Christ: Betrayal and Arrest, and Apostle, Peter: cutting off Ear of Malchus -- Judas, nimbed, embraces Christ, cross-nimbed, extending His right hand toward Peter, nimbed, with sword in right hand cutting off ear of Malchus partly kneeling.
Eight soldiers, in mail, armed with four spears, lantern and sword, flank the Christ; one grasps His shoulder.
Scene against gold background, within decorated frame.

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