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England and France, London, between 1255 and 1260
MS M.524 fol. 5r

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1) Apocalypse: Trumpet IV, Partial Darkness -- The fourth angel, pearled nimbus, stands on water, blowing trumpet. Dorsal figure, possibly Personification of Darkness holding two inscribed scrolls, falls and hides face from cloud-edged arc of heaven enclosing partially darkened sun and crescent moon, both inscribed SOL ET LUNA, and stars. Third inscribed scroll falls.
Apocalypse: Cry of Three Woes -- To right, eagle, inscribed AQUILA, holds scroll, inscribed VE. VE. VE. HABITANTIBUS IN TERRA from Revelation 8:13.
Illustration of Revelation 8:12-13.
2) Apocalypse: Trumpet V, Falling Star -- The fifth angel, pearled nimbus, holds scroll in left hand and blows trumpet. The Hand of God, pointing to scroll with inscription based on Revelation 9:1-3, emerges from cloud-edged arc of heaven in which are three stars. Star and key, with strap, fall above smoking sarcophagus, inscribed PUTEUS ABYSSI, from which emerge five locusts, inscribed LOCUSTE, represented as human headed winged horses wearing caps.
Illustration of Revelation 9:1-3.
Framed illustrations.

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