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Book of Hours
Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1470
MS M.454 fol. 98r

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Weighing of Soul and Angel, Archangel Michael: transfixing Satan -- Michael, nimbed, raising saber with right hand, looks toward and stands on left hind leg of devil, reclining, emitting fire from mouth, ear and hindquarters, his tail wrapped around left ankle of Michael. With right front of four bird type claws, devil tilts scales held in left hand of Michael. Soul with joined hands raised is in left pan of scales; soul in right pan, arms extended, falls amid flames of open mouth of devil.

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