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Book of Hours
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1500
MS G.5 fol. 59v

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Christ: of Sorrows -- Christ, rays as cross nimbus, wearing crown of thorns, hands crossed and bound on breast, bleeding from wounds, burial cloth draped over his legs, is seated on lid of sarcophagus resting across top of sarcophagus. He is surrounded by Instruments of Passion including: three ointment jars; cock atop column; spear; cross with titulus (not legible) with robe draped on left cross arm and ladder leaning on right cross arm; two rows of coins flanking head of the cross; severed ear; sponge on reed; hand grasping hair; withes; pincers; cup on plate; heads of man, wearing headdress, mouth open, woman, another man, man wearing miter and Judas (?) wearing small sack on cord around his neck.
Margins decorated with floreate ornament including rose, viola, iris, daisy, strawberry and forget-me-not and inhabited by butterflies.

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