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Bible Historiale
France, Paris, ca. 1415
MS M.394 fol. 50v

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Miniature in left column:
1) Moses: Hands upheld by Aaron and Hur, and Moses: meeting Amalek -- At left, nine helmeted soldiers, one raising sword overhead, another with sword in left hand and right hand extended toward other soldier (battle scene). Aaron and Hur, kneeling, support arms of Moses, horned, kneeling, with joined hands raised toward Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, orant, emanating rays, in arc of heaven. Scene in landscape with trees and mountains.
Illustration of Exodus 17:08-13.
Miniature in right column:
2) Moses and Jethro: meeting in Wilderness -- Moses, horned, with left hand extended, addresses with right hand Jethro and one of the sons of Moses (Gershom or Eliezer). Scene in landscape with tree and rocks.
Illustration of Exodus 18:05-07.
In upper, lower, left, and center margins, ivy-rinceaux foliate decoration.

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