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Vita Christi (Life of Christ)
France, perhaps Corbie, ca. 1175
MS M.44 fol. 11r

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Holy Women: at Sepulcher -- Angel, nimbed, holds cross-staff in left hand, extends right hand, and sits (?) behind sarcophagus draped with grave clothes.
Among three nimbed Holy Women, one, with hooded garment, points with left hand to the clothes; two are veiled; two hold ointment jars.
In foreground, three soldiers, in mail, armed with two shields and two spears, sleep in front of the sarcophagus.
Scene beneath architectural frame, against gold background, within decorated frame.

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