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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1460
M.387 fol. 143v

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Christ: Last Judgment -- Christ, crossed nimbus, raising right hand in blessing, holding with left hand cross surmounted tripartite globe is seated on throne surrounded by angels with joined hands. All amid rays in cloud-edged arc of Heaven. Before Christ is shroud on which are bones and skull next to which angel holds nude personification of soul with joined hands. Below, angel grasps wrists of nude personification of soul rising up from flames; other nude souls, one tonsured, three with joined hands are amid the flames. (Purgatory)
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament. Three scrolls inscribed PUTAS NE OSSA ISTA UIUANT (Ezechiel 37:3); MISEREMINI NOSTRI QUIA MANUS DOMINI TETIGIT NOS PER DELICTIS NOSTRIS (partially from Job 19:21); QUOD SUMUS HOC ERITIS FUIMUS QU(IN)Q(UE) QUOD ESTIS.

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