Iconography
LITERATURE
Modern
Comestor, PetrusHistoria ScholasticaNon-biblical Episodes3 Kings - Solomon imprisons an ostrich chick in a glass vessel - the ostrich liberates it by squirting the blood of a worm onto the glass
RELIGIOUS ICONOGRAPHY
Typology and Prophecy
CyclesManuscripts and Prints Speculum humanae salvationisManuscriptsNew York, Public Library, Spencer 15 (Middle Rhine, c1420)
CyclesManuscripts and Prints Speculum humanae salvationisChapter 28: Christ entering Limbo28d: The ostrich dissolves a glass vessel with the blood of a worm to liberate its chick inside → All images
CyclesManuscripts and Prints Speculum humanae salvationisChapter 28: Christ entering Limbo28d: The ostrich dissolves a glass vessel with the blood of a worm to liberate its chick inside → Variant: Ostrich squirting the blood (not always visible) of a snake onto the glass vessel, inside which the chick is visible, Solomon not present
Non-biblical narratives treated as Types The ostrich liberates its chick imprisoned by Solomon in a glass vessel by squirting the blood of a worm onto itType for the Harrowing of Hell (SHS)Speculum Humanae Salvationis (Type for Christ entering Limbo)
Antitypes for episodes from the Resurrection of Christ to the Coronation of the Virgin Harrowing of Hell with the Ostrich liberating its chick imprisoned by Solomon in a glass vessel by squirting the blood of a worm onto it (SHS)Speculum Humanae Salvationis (Type for Christ entering Limbo)
Further details
ARTIST/CREATOR
Middle Rhine (attributed)
DATE
circa 1420
LOCATION
New York, Public Library → Spencer 15, fol. 29v
TEXT/BOOK/DOCUMENT (SOURCE OF PHOTO)
Speculum humanae salvationis
Notes on photograph
COLLECTION
Photo: James Marrow
Contact
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