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England and France, London, between 1255 and 1260
MS M.524 fol. 7v

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1) Antichrist: in Temple -- One of four kneeling men, wearing cap, receives moneybag and ring from two men kneeling behind chest containing coins and two vessels. Man, with vessel in right hand and left hand raised, kneels in front.
In background, one of two soldiers in mail raises sword at mitered bishop and crowned king, both gesturing, and two men. The other soldier, armed with sword, approaches five men wearing caps, standing behind hillock.
To right, man, wearing fillet and gloves, stands at open portal of Temple of Solomon and looks toward Antichrist, inscribed ANTHIXPC, wearing cap, holding floreate scepter in right hand and extending left hand toward attendant. He sits with legs crossed and his right foot on lion mask, within mandorla supported by two lions (suggesting Throne of Solomon). Heads of men appear in windows of structures, including onion dome, surmounted by two banners.
Commentary mentions Temple of Solomon.
2) Antichrist: Fall -- Two soldiers wear mail with scabbards in belts. One with genouilleres indicates four heads of corpses, including mitered bishop and crowned king, on ground. One of four men wearing hats gesticulates toward man, with eyes closed, raising right hand to cheek and holding staff in left hand. One in center of group clasps hands; his sleeve is grasped by kneeling man looking through window of building at Christ, pearled crossed nimbus, emerging from cloud. He holds animal head of Personification of Thunder spewing on Antichrist whose hat falls from head. He is pushed and pulled from throne by two horned bestial devils. One, with loin cloth and animal head on behind, prods with grapnel.
Explanatory inscriptions of commentary.
Framed illustrations.

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