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John 20:24-28. Luke 24:33-43; Mark 16:14

Christ stands tall and central, revealing his palms and feet to the group of assembled apostles. Through a rent in Christ’s clothing, Thomas puts his finger in the wound.

This scene combines two episodes, Christ showing his hands and feet to all the apostles, and his later encounter with doubting Thomas. In the Thomas scene, Christ normally raises one hand and draws aside his clothes over the wound with his other hand. Because he is simultaneously showing his hand and wound in this scene, the artist has left a gap in his clothing. The centralised arrangement of the scene is found in southern Italian examples like the mosaic in Monreale (AP, 94, pl 124).

This Thomas scene follows directly after the Magdalen scene, just as it does in the Peregrinus play (AP,78; Young, 1951, 481) where both scenes, of the hands and wound, are also combined. In the gospel of Luke 24:13-31, the scenes of Christ’s appearance on the road to Emmaus precede the showing of wounds. In the St Albans Psalter the Emmaus episode is transferred to the end of the Alexis quire, pp69-71, for reasons which are explained on p61.

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