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Belgium, Liège, 1261
MS M.440 fol. 13v

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1) Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, cross-nimbed, with eyes closed and inclined head, in loin cloth, blood flowing from wounds, is affixed with four nails to green cross, flanked by Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, with her head on her left hand and her right hand on her left elbow, and Evangelist John, nimbed, with head inclined, holding right hand to his head and holding book in left hand.
2) Holy Women: at Sepulcher -- Angel sits on lid leaning against sarcophagus, and points with left hand toward garment in the sarcophagus behind which stand three veiled Holy Women, the foremost swinging censer, and another holding jar; two soldiers in chain mail, including one armed with spear and shield decorated with fleur-de-lis, sleep in trefoil niche of the sarcophagus.
Gold backgrounds with decorated frames.
At sides of the frames, two half trilobed medallions enclose man, possibly in Franciscan tertiary habit with rope around waist, and woman wearing berbette, both kneeling as donors with joined hands raised.
Miniature on verso facing French Walloon poem on recto (Sinclair, no. VII).

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