The Second Vessel: Death in the Sea

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The second angel poured out its vessel on the sea, and there came blood as it were of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea.(Apocalypse 16:3)

Gesturing toward its overturned vessel, from which the second of the final seven plagues has just been released, the angel turns to Saint John. Blood pours forth, represented in the miniature as a great red swath cutting through the water. The bodies of the stricken are visible through the transparent sea.


  • Title: The Second Vessel: Death in 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.72.32
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 32
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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