The Sixth Vessel: The Desiccation of the Euphrates

Unknownabout 1255–1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The sixth angel poured out its vessel upon that great river Euphrates and dried up the water of it, so that a way might be prepared for the kings from the rising of the sun.(Apocalypse 16:12)

As Saint John looks on sadly from a hilltop, the angel, with its great wings swept up behind, empties the vessel. The vessel's contents seem to dry up the water of the Euphrates where they fall.


  • Title: The Sixth Vessel: The Desiccation of the Euphrates
  • 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.72.34
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig III 1, fol. 34
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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