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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 11v

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Left column:
Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled is seated, holding Christ Child, nimbed, on her lap. He raises left hand in blessing (sic) and extends right hand toward vessel held with both hands by Magus, kneeling on one knee. Of the other two Magi, crowned, holding vessels, one indicates, with right hand, star visible in window at upper left.
Caption, EPYPHANIA D(OMI)NI, is inscribed above scene.
Right column:
Magi: beholding Star -- Two of three Magi, crowned, kneel with joined hands, and look up; the other Magus, kneels, looking upward, left hand extended, indicating with right hand, medallion enclosing half-figure of Christ Child, crossed nimbus, with joined hands. HOC SIGNU(M) MAGNI REGIS EST (ET) C(AETERA) is inscribed, upside down, above Magi.
Caption, TRES MAGI UID(ER)UNT NOUA(M) STELLA(M) IN ORIENTE, is inscribed above scene.

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