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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 14v

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Zone 1:
Samson: Foxes with Firebrands -- Samson, kneeling, ties brand to tails of two foxes; to right, nine foxes, with brands on tails, run through burning grain; trees in background. Illustration of Judges
Zone 2:
1) Samson: bound by Men of Judah -- One of nine men of Judah holds rope; another, wearing cap, kneeling, binds arms of Samson seated in front of tree. Illustration of Judges 15:11-13.
2) Samson: slaying Philistines -- Samson, with jawbone of ass in bound hands, attacks group of Philistines, some armed with club, notched falchions, axe, spear, and swords; four fall; tree. Illustration of Judges 15:15.
Scenes with architectural frames.

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