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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1500
MS H.5 fol. 21r

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Upper miniature, left:
Christ: confounding Soldiers --Four soldiers, wearing helmets, recline, one with left hand raised. At right stands Christ, rays as nimbus, hands raised. Scene in lansdcape setting within architectural frame.
Upper miniature, center:
Christ: Betrayal and Arrest, and Apostle, Peter: cutting off Ear of Malchus -- Apostle Peter, nimbed, holds scimitar in right hand above his head. Below him, Malchus, wearing armor and holding lantern in right hand, his left arm raised, kneels on one knee and bleeds from ear. At right, Judas embraces Christ, rays as nimbus, in front of group of soldiers, wearing helmets, two holding torches. In backround is shed. Scene in landscape setting.
Upper miniature, right:
Christ: in Gethsemane -- Three apostles, nimbed, are asleep in foreground. Behind them, Christ, with rays as nimbus, kneels, with joined hands raised, before rock surmounted by chalice. Scene in landscape setting.
Lower miniature:
Christ: bearing Cross -- Of 4 men, one wears armor and carries spear, and another, wearing hat, holds rope tied at waist of Christ, rays as nimbus, wearing crown of thorns, carrying tau-cross on right soldier. Behind him, soldier, wearing armor, extends left hand and raises scourge in right hand. They are followed by group of soldiers, wearing armor and holding spears and by Evangelist John, nimbed, left hand raised, and Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, with clasped hands raised. Scene in landscape setting with building.
Miniatures within architectural frame, with statues of putto supporting frame of upper miniatures.
Bird with open beak and insect, possibly moth, within decorated initial P.

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