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Book of Hours
France, Brittany, ca. 1465
MS M.84 fol. 77r

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Christ: Harrowing of Hell -- Christ, with crossed nimbus, partially draped in mantle, bleeding from wounds in feet, hands and side, holds cross-staff in right hand and extends left hand to nude man, emerging with joined hands raised from Hell Mouth. Behind him are another man and nude woman. Devil on ground beside the Hell Mouth. Rays emanate from sky. Scene in landscape with mountains in background.
Margins with ivy-rinceaux ornament.

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