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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 17r

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Left column:
Christ: Parable, Prodigal Son -- Father, wearing hat, embraces prodigal son, inscribed FILI(US) P(RO)DIGUS, wearing only loincloth or drawers. Smaller male figure, possibly servant, stands behind them raising glass with right hand.
Caption, P(ATE)R P(EC)CAUI IN CELU(M) ET CORA(M) TE IA(M) N(ON) DIGN(US) UOCARI FILI(US) TU(US), is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
David: rebuked by Nathan -- Nathan, name inscribed NATHAN, head draped, gesturing, looks toward David, crown, both hands to right side of face. He is seated below inscription DAUID P(EC)CAUI DIXIT on bench with footrest, looking toward Nathan.

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