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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 32r

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Left column:
Samson: slaying Lion -- Lion seated, head back, mouth open, Samson, name inscribed SAMPSO(N), grasps lion's nose with right hand and lower jaw with left hand.
Caption, SAMPSON FORTISSUM(US) DILAC(ER)AUIT LEONEM, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Ehud: killing Eglon -- Eglon, name inscribed EGLON, crowned, is seated on throne, his breast pierced by sword held in left hand of Ehud, name inscribed AYOTH, grasping shoulder of Eglon with right hand.
Caption, AYOTH P(ER)FODIT EGLON PINGUISSIM(US) HOSTE(M) FILIO(RUM) ISR(AE)L, is inscribed above miniature.

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