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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 14r

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1) Christ: anointed by Woman -- In foreground, woman, possibly Mary Magdalen or Mary of Bethany, partly kneels beside ointment jar, with her hair wiping feet of Christ, nimbed, with right hand raised and left hand indicating vessel on draped table spread with cut loaf, knife, pitcher and two vessels. He is flanked by twelve nimbed apostles, one touching the vessel and another the pitcher, all behind the table.
Illustration of possibly John 12:02-09, In house of Bethany.
2) Chief Priests: conspiring against Christ -- Seven men, two wearing caps, in dorsal position, and three wearing pointed hats, some gesturing, stand in circle.
Illustration of Luke 22:01-02.
3) Judas: receiving Silver -- Accompanied by man with crossed arms, chief priest, wearing pointed headgear, extends coins to Judas' left hand with moneybag, raising right forefinger, attended by chief priest with head draped.
Illustration of Luke 22:04-06.
4) Judas: tempted -- Among three chief priests wearing pointed headgears, one with left hand and right forefinger raised whispers to Judas raising right hand, addressed by two others, one holding mantle with left hand and raising right forefinger.
Illustration of Luke 22:04.
Scenes 1 and 4 with gold diapered and punched backgrounds, and scenes 2 and 3 with blue backgrounds, within decorated frames.

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