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The Beast from the Earth Killing People and People Receiving the Mark of the Beast

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

From the margin of the page, Saint John turns to see people kneeling before the beast who stands regally before them. In the center, the creature with "horns like a lamb" faces left to slay with a huge scimitar those who will not worship the beast. The illuminator repeated the figure of this creature facing right, where it places its sign, the number 666, on the foreheads of those who remain after the slaying, that is, on those evil people who adore Satan's creation.

The dark sword shape seen between the creature and the people is oxidized silver showing through from the other side of the page.

Details

  • Title: The Beast from the Earth Killing People and People Receiving the Mark of the Beast
  • 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.72.25v
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 25v
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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