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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1500
MS M.390 fol. 116r

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, with crossed rays as nimbus, wearing crown of thorns and short loin cloth, bleeding from wounds, is affixed with three nails to cross with titulus inscribed INRI. At base of cross kneels Mary Magdalen, nimbed, wearing hat, beside ointment jar. To left are Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, with joined hands raised, supported by Evangelist John, nimbed, standing flanked by two Holy Women, both nimbed and veiled, one turning away and the other with joined hands raised. To right is group of men and soldiers, with halberds. In background is distant city of Jerusalem, and hills with tree, from which hangs Judas, and other crosses and gallows.
Margins with frame inscribed SALVA NOS CHRISTE SALVATOR [PER VIRTVTEM SANCTE CRVCIS] (Inscription continues on facing page).

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