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Spain, perhaps in Tábara, ca. 940-945
MS M.644 fol. 215v

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1) Apocalypse: Satan freed -- Beast from Sea with seven heads and horns, flanked by two groups of nimbed men representing nations; inscription ANTICHRISTUS OMNE MUNDUM IMPERABAT ET BESTIA DEBASTAT;
illustration for Revelation 20:7.
2) Apocalypse: Satan, Seige of Holy City -- Seven nimbed men in upper part of architectural setting representing gate of Holy City inscribed IHERUSALEM, flanked by Antichrist crowned, holding open book, and nine nimbed men armed with swords and spears, representing Gog and Magog; inscription ANTICHRISTUS CIRCUMDAT ALTARE ET UENIT IGNIS DE CELO ET COMMEDET EOS; below, three groups of men seated in mountains covered with shrubs; inscription ISTI ABSCONDUNT IN MONTIBUS;
illustration for Revelation 20:9.

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