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Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)
Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)
Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment
Ms. Ludwig IX 19 (83.ML.115), fol. 28v
Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)
As was customary according to Hebrew law, a priest circumcised
Medieval Christians viewed the circumcision as related to the final events of Christ's life, his Passion and death, because he shed his first blood then. They often discussed Christ's first suffering as a kind of foreshadowing of his final sacrifice on the cross.