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Book of Hours
Belgium, 1400-1415
MS M.259 fol. 98v

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Instruments of Passion -- Christ, with crossed nimbus, with head inclined and eyes closed, with hands crossed on abdomen, showing wounds in side and hands, stands (?) in sarcophagus. Around Christ are Instruments of the Passion: garments, draped on sarcophagus; column with rope, three nails, pincers, spear, two scourges, hammer, ladder, and sponge on rod, all flanking cross with crown of thorns and titulus inscribed INRI behind Christ; and in foreground, pile of coins, bucket, lantern, and pair of dice. Gold scroll background and arc of heaven above. Margins with floreate ornament.

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