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Speculum humanae salvationis
England, Yorkshire?, ca. 1400
MS M.766 fol. 47v

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Left column:
Christ: Deposition -- Christ, nimbed, wearing loincloth, wounds bleeding, is taken from cross with titulus IHESUS NAZARENUS REX IUDEORUM. Virgin Mary, nimbed, holds His body, His right arm over her left shoulder, and Joseph of Arimathea, wearing hat holds His left arm with draped hands. Nicodemus, using pincers, removes nail attaching His feet to cross.
Caption, MARIA CUM MAGNO DOLORE SUSCEPIT FILIU(M) SUU(M) MORTUUM, is inscribed above scene.
Right column:
Jacob: shown Coat of Joseph -- Jacob, name inscribed IACOB, wearing Jew's hat, stands rending his garment, looking toward flowered coat held by two men before him.
Caption, FERA PESSIMA DEUORAUIT FILIU(M) MEUM IOSEPH, is inscribed above scene.
Text reference, GENESIS TRIGINTASEPTIMO (Genesis 37:32-33), is in upper margin.

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