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England, possibly York, 1316-1331
MS G.50 fol. 164v

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Helena, Empress: Scene, finding True Cross -- Empress Helena, veiled, holds tau-cross in her left arm, and with her right hand points to ground. Man digs with spade, striking cross partly shown in ground, beside Judas Cyriacus, wearing hat, gesturing toward Helena.
Scene with diapered background, beneath multilobed ogee arch, with patterned spandrels, all within decorated frame with foliate terminals at corners.

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