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RELIGIOUS ICONOGRAPHY
Typology and Prophecy
→ Cycles → Manuscripts and Prints → Speculum humanae salvationis → Chapter 38: Mary protecting the faithful under her cloak
→ 38c: When Abimelech besieged Thebes, a woman killed him by throwing down a millstone
The Speculum: introduction - description - summary


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→ Original composition: Simultaneously the woman on the tower holds the millstone, it hits Abimelech beneath, his armourbearer kills him
→ Variant: Simultaneously, the woman on the tower holds the millstone, and the wounded Abimelech waits to be killed by his armourbearer
→ Variant: The woman stands above empty-handed, and the wounded Abimelech waits to be killed by his armourbearer
→ Variant: The woman on the tower and the dying Abimelech only
→ Variant: The woman on the tower holds the millstone whilst the dead Abimelech is carried away
→ Variant: The woman stands next to Abimelech and prepares to hit him with a stone
→ Variant: unknown scene of a woman talking to two men