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France, Amiens, between 1280 and 1299
MS M.729 fol. 7r

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Christ: Harrowing of Hell -- Wearing a mantle and showing His wounds, Christ, cross-nimbed, holds a cross-staff with trefoil terminals in His left hand. With His right hand, He draws joined hands of nude Adam, accompanied by Eve, who raises her joined hands, and man, all emerging from Hell Mouth. Scene within Gothic architectural frame decorated with cusps of foliate terminals, hybrid animal with two bodies, and six heraldic shields, including Moreuil (two) and Hangest (one), in medallions.

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