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Belgium, possible Bruges, ca. 1470
MS M.68 fol. 226v

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Apocalypse: Birds summoned -- John, rayed nimbus, holding open book on lap with both hands, is seated behind rocky outcrop. At right, in rayed mandorla, angel gestures with right hand toward scroll inscribed UENITE (CON)GREGAMI(NI) AD CENAM DEI (Revelation 19:17, variant), held in left hand. Seven nude bodies, two crowned, recline on ground, four bleeding, pecked by birds; one man wearing drawers bites abdomen of another. Eight more birds descend from sky. Illustration of Revelation 19:17.

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