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Speculum humanae salvationis
England, Yorkshire?, ca. 1400
MS M.766 fol. 55v

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Left column:
Pentecost -- Half figure of Christ, crossed nimbus, raising right hand in blessing appears in cloud edged arc of Heaven above Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, flanked by seven apostles, nimbed.
Caption, SPIRITUS SANCT(US) DATUR IN SPECIE DIU(ER)SA(RUM) LINGUA(RUM), is inscribed above scene.
Right column:
Tower of Babel: Building -- Head of Christ-Logos, crossed nimbus, appears in cloud edged arc of Heaven above tower of Babel where man holding hammer with left hand and possibly level with right is next to scroll inscribed (R)EF ME MY TRULLE; at right, man holding trowel is next to scroll inscribed DA MIHI LATEREM; below left, man wearing hat raises stone with right hand next to scroll with illegible inscription; below right is man, wearing hat, holding with both hands wooden bucket (?) next to scroll inscribed MANHU (?).
Caption, TURRIS BABEL UBI FACTA EST DIUISIO LINGUARUM, is inscribed above scene.

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