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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 16v

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Left column:
Christ: anointed by Woman -- Christ, name inscribed IH(ESU)C(RIST), crossed nimbus, raising left hand is seated at table on which are two glasses, flask, two bowls containing fish, and possibly loaves. Woman, nimbed and veiled, name inscribed MARIA MAGDAL(ENA), crouches in foreground, holding her hair to His feet. Simon of Bethany, name inscribed SYMON, head draped, orant, and Evangelist John, name inscribed IOH(ANNE)S, nimbed, sit at the table looking toward Christ.
Caption, MARIA MAGDALENA EGIT PENITENCIA(M), is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Manasseh, King of Judah: bound -- Manasseh, crowned, arms extended, is seated, between two uprights from which extend chains to his neck.
Caption, MANASSES EGIT P(E)NI(TENCI)AM I(N) CAPTIUITATE, is inscribed above miniature.

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