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Speculum humanae salvationis
England, Yorkshire?, ca. 1400
MS M.766 fol. 45v

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Left column:
Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, crossed nimbus, wearing loincloth, is affixed with three nails to cross. He is flanked by two thieves, each with arms over cross bars, and tied in front of body, and rope around ankles tying legs to crosses. From thief at His right hand is scroll inscribed ME(MEN)TO MEI D(OMIN)US CU(M) UEN(ER)IS I(N) R(EGNUM) TUU(M) (Luke 23:42). From thief at His left hand is scroll inscribed SI FILI(US) DEI ES SALUU(M) FAC TEM(PET) IP(SU)M ET NOS (Luke 23:39, variant).
At right hand of Christ is Virgin Mary, nimbed, with sword piercing her breast; at left, Evangelist John, nimbed, clasps hands. Three scrolls, emanating from head of Christ are inscribed: toward the thief at His right hand, AME(N) DICO TIBI HODIE MECU(M) ERIS IN PARADISO (Luke 23:43); toward Virgin Mary, MULIER ECCE FILI(US) TUUS (John 19:26); and toward Evangelist John, ECCE MATER TUA (John 19:27)
Caption, CHRISTUS CRUCIFIXUS EST, is inscribed above scene.
Right column:
Nebuchadnezzar: Dream II -- Nebuchadnezzar, crowned, reclines with head on pillow. Behind him is tree in which are birds, including owl. The tree is flanked by man holding axe, by angel, gesturing, and by animals, including sheep, and bulls or oxen.
Caption, NABUGODONOSOR UIDIT ARBOREM GRANDEM, is inscribed above scene.
Text reference, DANIELIS QUARTO, is in upper margin.

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