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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 42r

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Left column:
Virgin Mary: as Intercessor -- Virgin Mary, name inscribed MARIA, nimbed and veiled, kneels, hands crossed on breast. She looks toward Christ, crossed nimbus, raising right hand in blessing, holding book with left hand, seated on bench in mandorla.
Caption, MARIA OSTENDIT FILIO SUO ET ORAT P(RO) NOS, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Esther: before Ahasuerus -- Esther, name inscribed HESTER, crowned, grasping mantle with right hand and extending left hand, looks toward Ahasuerus, name inscribed REX ASUER(US), crowned, raising right hand, seated on throne with footrest.
Caption, HEST(ER) ORAT P(RO) P(O)P(U)LO SUO, is inscribed above miniature.

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