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Jerusalem The Emanation of The Giant Albion, object 26 (Bentley 26, Erdman 26, Keynes 26)

Sector E
plate Illustration:

Jerusalem begins and ends with full-plate designs, and chapters are separated from one another with such designs (plates 1, 2, 26, 51, 76, 100). Plates 26, 51, and 100 are the only horizontal compositions. Here, between chapters 1 and 2, Hand and Jerusalem (their figures are labeled below)—he nude with short, curly hair, she gowned with long hair—face each other in darkness lit by swirling flames that envelope Hand's nude, cruciform body. The flames form a halo about his head, coil serpent-like about his raised arms, and send billowing smoke into the surrounding darkness. On a floor of stone or bare earth, he strides left and looks back right at Jerusalem, who strains her neck forward and holds her hands out as if stopped in her tracks with her left foot forward. Looking left in his direction, she bends her arms upward, her hands raised with palms out toward Hand as if to repel him. The text of a four-line poem is dispersed across the plate.

Component (Sector AB)

Keywords: male, nude, Hand, short hair, curly hair, beard, halo, serpent-coiled, arms raised horizontally, palms up, looking, walking, standing, left foot, facing right, facing left, twisted, crucified, striding, legs spread, reaching

Hand, a nude male with short, curly hair and, conceivably, a partial beard, faces Jerusalem in darkness lit by swirling flames that envelope his nude, cruciform body (with, however, legs spread). The flames form a distinct halo about his head and coil serpent-like about his arms (tapering off beyond them), which are raised horizontally, palms up. He strides left, left foot forward, and looks back sharply to the right at Jerusalem.

Component (Sector CD)

Keywords: female, gown, long hair, Jerusalem, walking, standing, facing left, looking, left foot, arms bent upward, palms vertical

Jerusalem, a gowned female with long hair, faces left, looking at Hand, his body enveloped in flames. She strains her neck forward and holds her hands out as if stopped in her tracks with her left foot forward. Looking left in his direction, she bends her arms upward, her hands raised with palms out toward Hand as if to repel him.

Component (Sector E)

Keywords: fire, darkness, dark, night, stone, earth, smoke

The darkness is lit by swirling flames that envelope Hand's body, form a halo about his head, coil serpent-like about his raised arms, and send billowing smoke—most prominent right of Hand—into the surrounding darkness. The floor appears to be of stone or bare earth.

Component (Sector E)

Keywords: text

Below the two figures in the design are their names, Hand and Jerusalem, in outline capital letters. In the same lettering, the text of a four-line poem is inscribed across the plate. Vertically (relative to the figures), left of Hand, lines 1 and 2 divided into three parts: "SUCH VISIONS HAVE / APPEARD TO ME / AS I MY ORDERD RACE HAVE RUN." Diagonally across the smoke to the right of Hand, line 3 divided into four parts: "JERU / SALEM / IS NAMED / LIBERTY." Vertically, right of Jerusalem, faint here, line 4 divided into two parts: "AMONG THE SONS / OF ALBION."
 
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