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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 26r

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Left column:
Isaiah: Scene, Martyrdom -- Isaiah, nimbed, bleeding from wounds, stands with back to column, arms behind him, his feet bound with rope to column. He is flanked by two men, each holding end of two-handled saw, cutting through Isaiah.
Caption, YSAIAS DIUIDITUS CU(M) FERRA LIGNEA, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Mesha: Sacrifice of Son -- Man, bleeding from wound, eyes shut, is stabbed in neck with sword by Mesha, crowned, holding the sword with right hand and grasping head of the man with left hand. They are on crenellated parapet of wall with doorway.
Caption, REX IOAB YMNOLAUIT FILIU(M) SUU(M) SUP(ER) MURU(M), is inscribed above miniature.

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