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Cuerden psalter
England, Oxford, ca. 1270
MS M.756 fol. 7v

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Zone 1:
1) Christ: Baptism -- Christ, cross-nimbed, with joined hands raised, nude, stands in river Jordan, flanked by John Baptist, nimbed, with right hand grasping His right arm and with left hand raising vessel of affusion upside down above His head, and by nimbed angel holding garment, flying (half figure).
Scene beneath trefoil arch.
2) Judas: receiving Silver -- Judas, wearing pointed cap, with left hand grasps moneybag extended by left hand of the foremost of four Jewish priests wearing pointed caps, two raising hands.
Scene beneath arcade of three arches.
Zone 2:
3) Christ: Last Supper -- Evangelist John (represented as tonsured) at left leans on breast of Christ, cross-nimbed, with right hand raised, and with left hand presenting sop to Judas with right hand seizing fish in vessel, kneeling before draped table spread with vessels and loaves, behind which are ten apostles, four with raised hands, all flanking Him.
Scene beneath arcade of three trefoil arches.
4) Christ: Betrayal and Arrest, and Apostle, Peter: cutting off Ear of Malchus -- Judas embraces Christ, cross-nimbed, with book in left hand, flanked by six men, one wearing cap, two armed with axes including one grasping His garment, two holding clubs, one raising lantern; in foreground, Apostle Peter, tonsured, with left hand grasping hair of and with sword in right hand cutting off ear of Malchus kneeling with axe in left hand and right hand raised.
Scene beneath three arches.
Zone 3:
5) Christ: Flagellation -- Christ, cross-nimbed, wearing long loin cloth, stands with legs crossed around and with wrists bound to column on base, on mound (depicted below in frame), flanked by two tormentors, one wearing bicolored tunic, the other wearing sleeveless garment, both raising scourges.
Scene beneath trefoil arch.
6) Christ: bearing Cross -- Christ, cross-nimbed, wearing long loin cloth, bears over right shoulder green cross grasped by one of three men wearing tunics, armed with rod, axe and club.
Scene beneath three arches.
All six compartments against pink backgrounds within decorated frame.

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