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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 9r

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Left column:
Tower of Baris -- Tower, surmounted by parapet with three crenellated towers, between which heads of two soldiers, wearing helmets, appear. Below, at another crenellated parapet are two banners; at bottom is door, one half open.
Caption, H(EC) TURRIS D(ICITU)R BARIS ET SIG(NIFICA)T B(EA)TAM U(IR)GI(N)EM, is inscribed above scene.
Right column:
Song of Solomon: Tower of David -- Tower with closed door, surmounted by three small crenellated towers, all decorated with 27 escutcheons (26 or, tourteau; and one or, tourteau, T argent), six on spears.
Caption, H(IC) E(ST) TURRIS D(E) Q(UA) PENDEBA(N)T MILLE CLYPEI ET SIG(NIFICA)T B(EA)TAM MARIA(M), is inscribed above scene.

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