Val-Dieu Apocalypse

f. 37v · The Angel casts the Millstone into the Sea (Apoc. 18: 21-24) Val-Dieu Apocalypse, fourteenth century


f. 37v · The Angel casts the Millstone into the Sea

As a symbol of the destruction of Babylon an angel drops a large millstone in the sea on which there is a man steering a boat. The Apocalypse text below lists the activities of the citizens of the great city as being no more, but there is no illustration of these things. The scene is set against a dark green diaper-ground, and a border bar links the two ornamental initials of the texts below with two birds, one an owl, perching on the top foliate spray.

“And a mighty angel took up a stone as it were a great mill-stone and cast it into the sea saying, 'With such violence as this shall Babylon, that great city, be thrown down and shall be found no more. And the voice of harpers and of musicians and of them that play on the pipe and on the trumpet shall no more be heard at all in thee, and no craftsmen of any art whatsoever shall be found any more at all in thee; and the sound of the mill shall be heard no more at all in thee. And the light of the lamp shall shine no more at all in thee, and the voice of the bridegroom and the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee, for thy merchants were the great men of the earth, for all nations have been deceived by thy enchantments'. And in her was found the blood of the prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” (Apoc. 18: 21-24)


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