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Panel 24 - Samson's body is washed before burial
Description:
Samson's funeral rites scarcely merit a mention in Judges but here they are expanded into two full panels , including this remarkably detailed washing of the body. This maybe a reflection of the developing 13th century interest in the 'acts of corporeal mercy' or perhaps an Old Testament 'antetype' for scenes of the preparation of Christ's own body before the entombment.