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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 13v

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Left column:
Christ: Flight into Egypt, Fall of Idols -- Virgin Mary, name inscribed MARIA, nimbed and veiled, is seated sideways on ass, holding with both hands, Christ Child, crossed nimbus, swaddled. She looks toward Joseph the Carpenter, name inscribed IOSEPH, nimbed, holding reins from the ass with right hand, and rod on left shoulder with left hand. Cloth is draped over the rod; cask hangs from rod. In background are two columns surmounted by falling idols.
Caption, OMNIA YDOLA CORRUERU(N)T I(N)T(RA)NTE I(E)H(S)U I(N) EGYPTU(M), is inscribed above scene.
Right column:
Jeremiah: Idol of Egypt -- Female idol, crowned, holds with both hands, child holding leafy branch with each hand. They are flanked by two columns each surmounted by three candles.
Caption, EGYPTI FEC(ER)U(N)T YMAGI(N)EM U(IR)GI(NI)S C(UM) PU(ER)O P(RO)P(TER) P(RO)PHECIA IE(RE)MIE, is inscribed above scene.

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