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Belgium, possible Bruges, ca. 1470
MS M.68 fol. 227r

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Apocalypse: Beast, Battle -- Three soldiers, wearing armor, two wearing helmets, two holding lances, one raising sword, follow Christ, wearing triple crowned tiara, raising sword sword with right hand, wearing garment spotted with blood. All are astride horses, three with trappings. They confront beast with seven heads, nimbed and crowned, with ten horns, and false prophet as man, horned, raising both hands, with cloven hooves as feet. Behind false prophet are four soldiers, astride horses, one crowned, three wearing helmets, two raising swords with right hands, one raising lance with right hand, one holding shield. In foreground is fiery pit in which are seven-headed beast and false prophet, both appearing for second time. John is seated on ground in background of landscape. Illustration of Revelation 19:19.

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