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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 31r

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Left column:
Daniel: in Lions' Den -- Daniel, name inscribed DANIEL, crowned, face bleeding (?), hands crossed on breast stands flanked by seven lions' heads, mouths open, tongues emerging. Angel, nimbed, descends holding cloth next to scroll inscribed DANIEL S(ER)UE D(E)I TOLLE PRANDIU(M) (Daniel 14:36).
Caption, ANGEL(U)S D(OMI)NI CIBA(T)U DANIELE(M) IN LACU LEONU(M) PER ABACUK, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Bird: Ostrich delivering Young -- At left, small bird is enclosed in glass container labelled UITRU(M); at right larger bird, labelled STRUCIO, grasps bleeding worm in beak.
Caption, STRUC(I)O LIB(ER)AUIT PULLU(M) SUU(M) DE UITRO P(ER) SANGUINEM UERMIC(U)LI, is inscribed above miniature.

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