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Book of Hours
Belgium, possibly Ghent, ca. 1480-1490
M.278 fol. 16v

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, nimbed, bleeding from wounds in head, hands, side and feet, is affixed with three nails to cross with titulus INRI. At left, Evangelist John, nimbed, looking up, places hands on shoulders of Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, with joined hands, kneeling or swooning. At right are man wearing hat, and five soldiers, one only helmet visible, four holding spears, one bannered.
Scene in landscape with bare tree, other trees, body of water and city in background.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament including viola, thistle, rose, white vine scroll, and strawberry, and inhabited by goat (?).

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