Add. 10546, f. 449

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This immense one-volume Bible of the entire Vulgate as revised by Alcuin of York (d. 804) is one of three surviving illustrated copies produced in Tours in the ninth century. This last, or explicit, page is a complex allegory of the unity of the two Testaments, drawing on imagery from Revelation, with the book ‘sealed with seven seals’ on an altar being opened by the Lamb and the Lion of Judah. A recent interpretation of the seated figure in the lower portion is that it is a personification of the Bible itself.  
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