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upper center in red ink: SVPER ASPIDEM ET BASILISCVM AMBVLABIS / et conculcabis leonem et (“You shall tread upon the lion and the adder: the young lion and the dragon shall you trample under feet.” Psalms 90:13) (Latin Vulgate Bible); center right in brown ink: LX.; animals in image numbered .1., .2., .3., and .4., in red ink; lower center in blue ink: Et semper recto lapsurus limite CENCHRIS / Pluribus ille notis variatam tingitur aluum.
Facing page: upper center in brown ink: Sibilaq[ue] effundens cunctas terrentia pestes, / Ante venena nocens, late sibi submovet omne / vulgus, et in vacua regnat Basiliscus arena.; lower center in brown ink: Ne Intuearis vinum quando flavescit, cum splenduerit / In vitro color eius: Ingredit[ur] blande, sed in novissimo / mordebit ut Coluber, et sicut REGVLVS venena diffundet. / proverb.23. (“Look not upon the wine when it is yellow, when the color thereof shines in the glass, it goes in pleasantly. But in the end it will bite like a snake and will spread abroad poison like a basilisk.” Proverbs 23:31-32) (Latin Vulgate Bible)


Emperor Rudolph of Austria; Lessing J. Rosenwald, Alverthorpe, PA; gift to NGA, 1987.

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