This is a piece from Commentary on the Apocalypse by Saint Beatus of Liébana. He lived from c.730 to c.800, and this work was done in 776. He was a monk, theologian and geographer from Spain. The Commentary on the Apocalypse is a 12-volume work on the book of Revelation and the writings of the Old Testament prophet, Daniel, done on parchment. It was found in the Saint-Server Abbey. This work was used as treasured by medieval Christians and many copies were made. The bird here represents Christ, and the snake represents Satan; Christ is victorious over Satan. And so, the depiction is of Christ defeating the Devil.
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