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Book of Hours
England, ca. 1440-1450
MS G.9 fol. 149v

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Christ: of Sorrows, Type, with Arms crossed -- Christ as Man of Sorrows, cross nimbed, wearing crown of thorns, arms crossed, blood issuing from wounds, stands in sarcophagus surrounded by Instruments of Passion including hammer, column, rope, scourge, withes, spear, nails, cross, spear with sponge, ladder, dice and coins. Scene in grassy landscape with hill and starry sky.
Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament, inhabited by: hybrid man wearing hat; fool, wearing bi-color hood, tunic and hose, holding stick with bladder in right hand and stick in left hand; fantastic bird.

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