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The Wenhaston Doom: Weighing of Souls

St.Michael is often depicted in armour but here he is clothed in a white robe and red cape, his Archangel wings evident. He has rosy cheeks. In one hand his long fingers hold an impressive sword. A set of balance scales in which the souls of the dead are weighed are held by his other hand.
Satan, an ugly all-black winged Devil, stands close by, his extra body hair, tusks, talons, wings and tail all combining in a picture of pure Evil. Note the face in his abdomen. In the left scale is a soul seemingly unfazed by this nasty creature, although perhaps looking a little perturbed, as he is weighed against bad deeds in the right-hand scale. Satan holds a scroll on which is inscribed no doubt, many and various sins committed.
In the background the dead are rising out of their graves, hopeful of salvation.
St.Michael is often depicted in armour but here he is clothed in a white robe and red cape, his Archangel wings evident. He has rosy cheeks. In one hand his long fingers hold an impressive sword. A set of balance scales in which the souls of the dead are weighed are held by his other hand. Satan, an ugly all-black winged Devil, stands close by, his extra body hair, tusks, talons, wings and tail all combining in a picture of pure Evil. Note the face in his abdomen. In the left scale is a soul seemingly unfazed by this nasty creature, although perhaps looking a little perturbed, as he is weighed against bad deeds in the right-hand scale. Satan holds a scroll on which is inscribed no doubt, many and various sins committed. In the background the dead are rising out of their graves, hopeful of salvation.

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