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Speculum humanae salvationis
England, Yorkshire?, ca. 1400
MS M.766 fol. 24r

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Left column:
Adam and Eve: at Labor -- Nude Cain, name inscribed CAYN, as child, seated on ground holding twig in raised right hand. Adam, name inscribed ADAM, digs with spade; Eve, name inscribed EUA, crouches on ground, holding staff with left hand and cradling with right arm, Abel, name inscribed ABEL, swaddled.
In upper margin, GENES(IS) 3.
Right column:
Noah: in Ark -- Two birds, one holding olive branch in beak, perch atop ark floating in water in which are two fishes. Face of Noah is visible in window.
Scene caption, ARCHA NOE, is inscribed in upper margin.

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