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The Women at the Tomb
Hildesheim, Germany (Place Created)
Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment
Ms. 64 (97.MG.21), fol. 111
At the bottom of the frame, the phoenix, a bird that, according to legend, burned itself and then rose from its own ashes, alludes to Christ's Resurrection. Similarly, the scenes in the four corners of the miniature show episodes from the Old Testament interpreted as prefigurations of Jesus' Resurrection.