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Luke 4:5-8; Matthew 4:8-12

The devil has taken Christ to a high mountain to show him all the kingdoms of the world and material wealth. The devil points to the pile of treasure and Christ refutes him. The painted treasure comprises a gold crown, bowl and ring. That is rather a small pile for this scene, and much more treasure was originally intended. Sketched beneath the paint are a scattering of jewels, another ring and a smart gem-studded circular brooch.

A pile of very distinctive treasure is shown between Christ and the devil in the Anglo-Saxon manuscript, London, British Library, MS Cotton Tiberius C.VI, f10v

Quire 3. Thread or stitch holes for protective curtain

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