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Germany, Regensburg, ca. 1360
MS M.769 fol. 28v

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Tower of Babel: Building -- In upper margin, bust of Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, emerging from clouds, indicating with left hand, two of five men, atop tower, one holding stone with right hand and hammer with left hand, the other, wearing hood, holding sickle (?) with left hand, raising right hand and looking up toward Christ-Logos. They are flanked by two pulleys, one drawing bucket, the other drawing stone with calipers. Of the other three men at bottom of the tower, one carries tub on right shoulder, walking up stairs to tower entrance; another wearing hood, holding pickaxe to stone, stands next to pile of dressed stones; the fifth, seated on stool, holds hammer with both hands next to window with tracery (Scene, Occupational: Carving).
Nimrod, wearing armor, indicating upward with right hand, shield at right shoulder, holding sword with left hand stands at left, partially in margin.

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