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Speculum humanae salvationis
England, Yorkshire?, ca. 1400
MS M.766 fol. 40r

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Left column:
Saul: hurling Javelin at David -- David, wearing cap, holding harp with left hand, grasps with raised right hand, javelin (spear) held in raised right hand of Saul, crowned, seated on bench.
Caption, REX SAUL REDDIDIT DAUID MALUM P(RO) BONO, is inscribed above scene.
Text reference, UNO REGUM UNDEVIGINTO , is in upper margin.
Right column:
Cain and Abel: bringing Offerings and Cain: cursed -- At left, Abel, name inscribed ABEL, holding lamb stands facing Cain holding bundle of grain next to scroll inscribed FRAT(ER) M(E)I EGREDIAM(UR) FORAS. At right, Cain, name inscribed KAYM, holding with right hand axe or mattock on right shoulder, raising left hand, looks up toward head of Christ-Logos, nimbed, surrounded by clouds, next to scroll inscribed QUID FECISTI.
Caption, KAYM DOLOSE INTERFECIT F(RAT)REM SUUM SINE C(AUS)A, is inscribed above scene.
Text reference, GEN(ESIS) 4, is in upper margin.

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