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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 20v

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Left column:
Apostle, Peter: cutting off Ear of Malchus and Christ: Betrayal and Arrest -- At left, Peter, nimbed, raises knife with right hand and with left hand holds head of Malchus, bleeding, crouching, extending right hand to mantle of Christ. Christ, crossed nimbus, holds his right hand in blessing gesture over head of Malchus. He is looks at, and is embraced by Judas, name inscribed IUDAS, black nimbus. Behind Judas are soldiers, only three visible wearing armor and helmets, two holding shields. Others, not visible, hold candle, torch, two spears, and halberd (?).
Caption, XPC DOLOSE TRADITUS RECEPIT MALU(M) PRO BONO, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Joab: killing Amasa -- Amasa, name inscribed AMASA, wearing hat, with joined hands, looks toward and is stabbed with sword by Joab, name inscribed IOAB, holding the sword with his right hand and grasping chin of Amasa with left hand next to inscription SALUE MI FRATER (II Samuel 20:9).

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