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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 24v

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Left column:
Christ: bearing Cross -- Christ, crossed nimbus, carries, with both hands, cross on left shoulder. Smaller man, placing hands on back of Christ, walks behind Him. Another man, at right, wearing Jew's hat, raising right hand, holds end of the cross with his left hand.
Caption, XPC BAIULAUIT CRUCEM SUAM, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Abraham: sacrificing Isaac -- Isaac, name inscribed YSAAC, carrying bundle of wood, walks behind Abraham, name inscribed ABRAHA(M), holding sword with right hand, and torch with left hand.
Caption, YSAAC PORTAT LIGNA AD P(ER)DENDU(M) COR(PUS) P(RO)P(I)U(M), is inscribed above miniature.

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