This piece is a supporting image for “the bird (Christ) killing the snake (Satan),” it is also from the Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus of Liebana; an 11th century parchment manuscript meant for study. It is kept in the Cathedral Library in Burgo de Usma. This piece is called Victory of the Lamb over the beast and the kings of the earth. The Whore of Babylon is shown here in the nude. The Whore of Babylon is the representation of evil on earth; her full title is “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth,” and here she is getting bitten by the evil snake. Like the other picture of the bird killing the snake, where the bird represents Christ, and the snake represents Satan, on this page we have Satan again represented by a snake. The snake (Satan) is being trampled on by a horse, and underneath the snake are many people with swords raised up in a fighting stance. The horses represent victory, as they are trampling evil represented by the big snake. This is once again, another depiction of good triumphing over evil.


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