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France, Poitiers, ca. 1475
MS M.1001 fol. 109r

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Christ: Last Judgement -- Christ, cross-nimbed, showing wounds, raising right hand in blessing, is seated on arc above male and female figures, nude, including man wearing triple-crowned tiara, rising from graves. Christ is flanked by two angels, nimbed, playing trumpets, and Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, and John Baptist, nimbed, wearing garment of skins. Both are kneeling with joined hands raised.
Miniature and text framed by historiated border continuing Last Judgment scene:
In upper left and right borders, elect, nimbed, and damned flank miniature.
In lower border, within hellish landscape, horned demon, spewing flames from mouth, raising nude soul above head, walks behind flaming cart carrying nude souls, including two wearing miters, and pulled by two demons, one winged, toward hell mouth. Within hell mouth, one demon grasps poles of cart as second demon holds funnel, spraying flames and matter over souls in cart.
Above, two demons, both winged, one with face on belly, stand amid flames on top of hell mouth, tormenting souls below.

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