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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 47r

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Left column:
Christ: bearing Cross -- Pilate, crowned, seated on bench with footrest, gestures and looks toward Christ, crossed nimbus, carrying cross with both hands on left shoulder. Of two soldiers, wearing helmets and armor, looking back at Pilate, one holds end of rope around waist of Christ.
Caption, HORA SEXTA, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, crossed nimbus, head inclined, eyes shut, bleeding from wounds, wearing long loincloth, is affixed with three nails to cross. At left Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, inclines head and holds mantle to face with left hand. At right, Evangelist John, nimbed, holds right hand to face and book in left hand.
Caption, HORA NONA, is inscribed above miniature.

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