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Book of Hours
England, probably Oxford, ca. 1325-1330
MS M.700 fol. 39r

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, cross-nimbed, eyes closed, wearing crown of thorns on inclined head and loin cloth, is affixed with three nails to cross. He is flanked by Virgin Mary, pearled nimbus, veiled, clasping hands, Longinus, wearing hat, with left hand pointing to his eye and with spear in right hand piercing His side, and by Evangelist John, pearled nimbus, with right hand raised and book in left hand. Above, sun and moon partly hidden in clouds.
Scene against gold punched background within initial D with ornament of foliage; spandrels decorated with diapered ornament.
Margins decorated with rectilinear foliate extensions and sprigs of foliage.
In upper margin, two confronting hybrid animals.
In right margin, hybrid man wearing bird hat of stork with beak open to arrows, and heraldic escutcheon of Corowen (?) (argent, a fret gules).
In lower margin, hooded hybrid man and hybrid rabbit with round object (buckler or drum), flanking heraldic escutcheon of Tuchet (ermine, a chevron gules).
In left margin, heraldic escutcheon of Chetwynd (azure, a chevron between three mullets or).

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