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Book of Hours
France, Bourges, ca. 1473
MS M.677 fol. 194r

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, rayed cross as nimbus, wearing crown of thorns and short loin cloth, bleeding from wounds, is affixed with three nails to tau-cross, surmounted by titulus inscribed INRI. He is flanked by two thieves, wearing short loin cloths, bound to crosses, arms and legs broken.
Below, to left, are two veiled Holy Women, with joined hands, Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, and Evangelist John, nimbed. To right, the Centurion, in armor, points with right hand to Christ and holds shield, inscribed with letters [S]PQR, in front of group of soldiers wearing helmets and armor, armed with spears, some looking toward Christ.

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