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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 14v

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Left column:
Christ: Baptism -- Christ, crossed nimbus, orant, stands in water. At upper left, two angels, nimbed, with draped hands, hover. John Baptist, name inscribed IOH(ANN)ES, nimbed, wearing garment of animal skin, kneels (?) on shore at right, extending right hand to inclined head of Christ. Dove of Holy Ghost, nimbed, descends from cloud toward head of Christ.
Caption, IESUS BAPTISATUS E(ST) IN IORDANE, is inscribed above scene.
Right column:
Solomon: Hiram's Laver -- Six oxen supporting fountain surmounted with container.
Caption, MARE ENE(U)M I(N)QUO ING(RE)SSURI I(N) TE(M)PLU(M) LAUABANT(UR), is inscribed above scene.

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