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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 35v

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Left column:
Christ: Ascension -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, and apostle, nimbed, both kneel with joined hands raised, looking upward to lower half of body of Christ, wounds visible in His feet, disappearing into, and surrounded by, clouds. Virgin Mary and apostle are flanked by two apostles and two angels (?) all nimbed, looking at each other; angel wings are outside frame of miniature. Angel (?) at left stands next to inscription HIC IHC QUI ASSU(M)PT(US) E(ST) A UOB(IS) IN CELUM (Acts 1:11). Apostle at right stands next to scroll inscribed UIRI GALYLEI Q(UID) STATIS ASPICIENTES (Acts 1:11)
Caption, ASCENSIO DOMINI, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Jacob: Dream -- Jacob, name inscribed IACOB, nimbed, eyes shut, reclines on ground, resting head on right hand. Behind him two angels climb ladder.
Caption, IACOB UIDIT SCALAM ERECTAM IN CELU(M), is inscribed above miniature.

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