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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 50v

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Left column:
Magi: Adoration -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, is seated on bench with footrest, holding Christ Child, nimbed on her lap. They look toward Magus, extending vessel with both hands, kneeling before them. The other two Magi, crowned, stand behind him, holding vessels, one indicating star at upper left.
Caption, QUARTU(M) GAUDIUM, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Christ: Presentation -- Woman, veiled with wimple, with joined hands raised, kneels next to Simeon, nimbed, standing with draped hands next to altar. Christ Child, crossed nimbus, is seated on the altar, extending His arms to Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, standing next to the altar, extending her left arm to Him. Lamp hangs above the altar.
Caption, Q(UI)NTU(M) GAUDIUM B(EAT)E U(IR)G(IN)IS, is inscribed above miniature.

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