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France, Saint-Omer, between 1320 and 1329
MS M.754 fol. 105r

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Instruments of Passion, reading counter clockwise from left margin:
Margin, left:
Rope entwined around column, and two scourges.
Margin, lower:
Crown of thorns, ladder, spear, and sponge on reed.
Margin, right:
Situla, pincers, hammer, crucifix (Christ, cross-nimbed, eyes closed, head inclined, wearing long loin cloth, blood flowing from wounds, affixed with three nails to green cross on mound), and three nails.
Margin, upper:
Open sarcophagus with diagonally placed lid.
Initial I, decorated with scrolling foliage, at beginning of Passion according to John 18:1-19.

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