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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 25v

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Left column:
Christ: Crucifixion, One Cross -- Christ, crossed nimbus, head inclined, eyes shut, bleeding from wounds, wearing long loincloth, is affixed with three nails to cross. Man kneels on one knee at foot of cross raising hammer with right hand and holding nail at His feet with left hand.
Caption, XPC ORAUIT P(RO) SUIS CRUCIFIXORIB(US), is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Tubal-cain: Artificer in Brass and Jubal: Father of Music -- Tubal-cain, name inscribed TUBALKAYM, stands at anvil holding hammer. Another man stands at anvil, raising hammer with right hand, his left hand holding pincers grasping metal on anvil. At right Jubal, name inscribed IUBAL, stands playing psaltery.
Caption, ISTI SU(N)T INUE(N)TORES ARTIS F(ER)ARIE ET O(MN)I(U)M MELODIA(RUM), is inscribed above miniature.

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