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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 9r

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Zone 1:
Moses: crossing Red Sea -- Among Egyptians in mail, three including crowned Pharaoh wear visors. All drown in Red Sea. Three are in chariot drawn by horse fallen, and Pharaoh falls from horse. To right, Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, emerges from clouds above Moses with rod in right hand, touching Red Sea, and eight Israelites, including woman leading child. Illustration of Exodus 14:21-29.
Zone 2:
1) Miriam: dancing -- Miriam, veiled, beats drum with two sticks; two veiled women, looking up, clasp hands and place the other hands on their hips. In tent, Moses, with right hand raised, sits with three men and three women, two veiled, and one, wearing snood, holding child. Illustration of Exodus 15:20.
2) Moses: murmured against (Bitter Waters at Mara) -- Two of four Israelites empty two cups and pitcher into water at Marah; one raises hands; five sheep in foreground. Illustration of Exodus 15:23-24.
Moses: communicating with God -- To right, Moses stands with rod in right hand beside tree. He looks up at head of Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, emerging from arc of heaven. Illustration of Exodus 15:25.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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