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Bible Historiale
France, Paris, ca. 1415
MS M.394 fol. 172r

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Isaiah: Scene, Martyrdom -- Two men, one wearing hat, with saw cut through waist of Isaiah, nude, bound to trestle table, with cloud of soul rising from mouth to arc of heaven. At right, Manasseh, wearing crown and holding scepter, and man, wearing hat, witness scene.
In upper, lower, and left margins, ivy-rinceaux foliate decoration.
Illustration of II Kings 21 (in Rabbanical tradition, Isaiah's martyrdom associated with Manasseh's wickedness).

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