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Luke 3:22; Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11
Christ stands in the River Jordan which covers his naked, sexless body
like a cloak. One hand is blessing, the other, rather ineffectively, attempts
to cover his nakedness. John, holding a phial of oil, and wearing his
camel skin cloak administers the blessing. Two angels are symmetrically
placed in attendance and the dove of the Holy Spirit descends from above.
A close comparison for this scene is found in the Benedictional of St
Aethelwold where there are ministering angels to right and left. Christ’s
gestures are repeated in an 11th-century Salzburg manuscript, but here
his lower hand properly hides his groin (AP, 86, Pl.124e, 124c).
The hand is also correctly placed in London, British Library, MS. Add.37372v
Last page of quire 2.
Thread or stitch holes for protective curtain