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Netherlands, perhaps Delft, 1415-1420
MS M.866 fol. 171r

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Three nude figures as souls, two raising arms, one, back turned, extending arms upward, all three looking up, crouching amid flames in initial D.
Margins decorated with rectilinear bars sprouting vines, and inhabited by: woman wearing bi-color garment, linking her arms with vines; nude figure seated on vine, grasping with each hand, end of knotted cord hung over vine above; nude male figure with distorted face, displaying genitals, grasping vine with each hand; nude figure tying vines together with green cord.

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