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Speculum humanae salvationis
Germany, probably Nuremberg, between 1350 and 1400
MS M.140 fol. 42v

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Left column:
Christ: Last Judgment -- Christ, crossed nimbus, showing wounds, is seated on arc in mandorla flanked above by cross with three nails and crown of thorns, and by spear and sponge on reed (Instruments of Passion). He is flanked below by Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, with joined hands, kneeling, and by John Baptist, nimbed, wearing fur garment, with joined hands, and group of figures, most only nimbus visible. Below the mandorla, three nude souls, with joined hands raised, emerge from tombs.
Caption, EXTREMU(M) IUDICIU(M), is inscribed above miniature.
Right column:
Christ: Parable, Ten Pounds -- King, crowned, gesturing, is seated on bench. Man with joined hands raised, kneeling at left is next to scroll inscribed D(OMI)NE MNA TUA .X. MNAS ACQ(UI)SIUIT. (Luke 19:16) Man at right, with joined hands raised kneels next to scroll inscribed DOMINE MNA TUA .V. MNAS ACQ(UI)ISIUIT (Luke 19:18, variant). At feet of the king, man reclines, his feet in stocks, hands crossed and bound.
Caption, HOMO Q(UI)DA(M) NOBILIS ABIIT I(N) REGIONE LO(N)GINQUUS, is inscribed above miniature.

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