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upper center in blue/black ink: Cum moritur homo hereditabit serpentes / Et bestias et Vermes.Ecc[us].10. (“For when a man shall die, he shall inherit serpents and beasts and worms.” Ecclesiasticus 10:13) (Latin Vulgate Bible); center right in brown ink: LXX.; worm in image numbered .1., in red ink
Facing page: upper center in brown ink: Humilia valde spiritum tuum quoniam vindicta / carnis impii ignis et vermis.Ecc:7: (“Be very humble, because the punishment of the ungodly is fire and worms.” Ecclesiasticus 7:19) (Latin Vulgate Bible); lower center in red ink: Stellae non sunt mundae in conspectu eius: quanto magis / Homo putredo: et filius hominis vermis. Job: 25. (“The stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man that is rottenness and the son of man who is a worm?” Job 25:5-6) (Latin Vulgate Bible)


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

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