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Gospel Book
France, possibly St. Bertin, or Belgium, at St. Vaast in Arras, late 10th century
MS M.827 fol.

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, cross-nimbed, with eyes closed, head inclined, wearing long loin cloth, is affixed with four nails to cross with titulus. Two streams of blood flow from His feet into chalice.
He is flanked by Virgin Mary, veiled, her left hand raised to her chin, and Evangelist John, holding book in draped left hand, his right hand pointing toward the Christ.
Both are nimbed and stand on mounds flanking cross.
Above transverse arm of cross are medallions enclosing half figures of Personifications of Sun, rays encircling head, and Moon, veiled, crescent on head, hands draped.
Border decorated with ornament of foliage enclosing human head, birds and animal.

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