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Book of Hours
France, Bourges, ca. 1473
MS M.677 fol. 329r

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Psalm 130 (Vulg., 129):
Purgatory -- Two angels carry two souls to heaven. Third angel grasps hands of two souls, amid crowd of souls, many with hands joined, in flaming tower and building (fire of purification). Outside are various torments. At left, souls are immersed up to heads in lake. Two figures are impaled on trees, both with hands joined. Hands of nude woman, reclining, are bound to stump of tree. Two crocodiles bite her legs.

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