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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 18r

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Left column:
David: bringing Head of Goliath to Saul -- David, name inscribed DAUID, holding sword with right hand, raising bleeding head of Goliath with left hand, stands before Saul, crowned, raising palm with right hand, holding vessel with left hand. Another crowned man, holding vessel, stands behind Saul. Heads of three other figures visible in background.
Caption, DAUID SUSCEPT(US) E(ST) CU(M) LAUDIB(US) POST CEDE(M) GOLYE, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Heliodorus: stricken -- Heliodorus, name inscribed ELYODOR(US), eyes shut, bleeding from wounds, reclines beneath hooves of rearing bridled horse. Soldier, wearing helmet and armor, raising scourge with right hand, holding shield at left side is astride the horse. Two men stand over body of Heliodorus, one raising withes in right hand.
Caption, ELYODOR(US) FLAGELLAT(UR) QUI UOLUIT SPOLIARE TE(M)PLU(M), is inscribed above miniature.

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