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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 33v

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Left column:
Christ: Harrowing of Hell -- Three figures, woman with joined hands, another woman (?), and man, right hand on breast, emerge from portal in tower. Christ, crossed nimbus, grasps with His right hand, left arm of the man. With His left hand He holds staff with cross-inscribed banner. Two devils, horned, one raising arms, are atop the tower.
Caption, S(AN)C(T)I LIB(ER)ANTUR DE INF(ER)NO, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Moses: Departure from Egypt -- Two men, one wearing hat, both carrying walking sticks, and third figure only partially visible, emerge from city gate behind Moses, name inscribed MOYSES, wearing hat, holding staff with right hand.
Caption, FILII ISR(AE)L LIB(ER)ANT(UR) DE EGYPTO, is inscribed above miniature.

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