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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 49r

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Left column:
Christ: Entombment -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, embraces body of Christ, crossed nimbus, on sarcophagus. She is flanked by two Holy Women, one nimbed, and by Evangelist John, nimbed. Nicodemus, kneeling before the sarcophagus holds right hand of Christ; Joseph of Arimathea, wearing hat, holds His feet. Cross with ladder are in background.
Caption, SEXTA T(RI)STICIA, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Virgin Mary: Consolation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, left hand to face, right hand raised, stands looking toward Instruments of Passion including spear, withes, cross on mound, three nails in goblet or chalice, scourge, and crown of thorns. Also represented are sarcophagus, and footprints on stone (suggesting Christ: Ascension) and stone (suggesting Christ: in Gethsame).
Caption, SEPTIMA T(RI)STICIA, is inscribed above miniature.

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