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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 39v

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Left column:
Virgin Mary: as Intercessor -- Virgin Mary, inscribed SANCTA MARIA, nimbed and veiled, with joined hands, kneels with two monks, nimbed and tonsured, also kneeling with joined hands, the foremost wearing brown (?) habit with knotted cord, probably Franciscan, next to partial inscription S(AN)C(TU)S, the remainder written over in later, illegible hand. In medallion above, Christ, crossed nimbus, indicates downward with right hand, and with left hand holds arrows aimed downward toward group of seven men inscribed PECC(AT)ORES MU(N)DI.
Caption, MARIA MEDIATRIX N(OST)RA PLACAT IRA(M) DEI CON(TRA) NOS, is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Abigail: going to David -- Abigail, name inscribed ABYGAIL, wearing wimpled veil, with joined hands raised, kneels before David, inscribed REX DAUID, wearing helmet and armor, holding spear with right hand, shield, decorated with rampant lion, at left side, sword in sheath on waist at left. Three soldiers stand behind him, one holding halberd, two holding spears, one with sword in sheath at waist, two holding shields decorated with rampant lion.
Caption, ABYGAIL PLACAT IRA(M) REGIS DAUID CON(TRA) NABAL STULTUS, is inscribed above miniature.

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