The Beast from the Earth and the Adoration of the Beast from the Sea

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Completing the trinity of Satan's workers, a third creature with "two horns, like a lamb" (Apocalypse 13:11) now emerges from the earth. The illuminator depicted the creature with cloven hooves, a red beard, and a hideous curved and pointed nose. Rising from the depths of the earth, this horrible creature forces people to pay homage to the seven-headed beast and even pushes a man forward toward the beast. It also makes "great signs" such as the fire that rains down from the heavens.


  • Title: The Beast from the Earth and the Adoration of the Beast from the Sea
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1255–1260
  • Location Created: London (probably), England
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 31.9 × 22.5 cm (12 9/16 × 8 7/8 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.MC.72.25
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 25
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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