The text in majuscule in the frame says: Aspice mortalis, fuit umquam passio talis [,] peccatum sperne [,] pro quo mea vulnera cerne[.] Aspice qui transis [,] quia tu michi causa doloris. O Ihesu
The crucifix over the cloister door of the church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Holy Land bore an inscription, as if by Christ, which said: “You who pass see how you cause me grief. I have suffered thus for you; your life has injured me.”
These and similar verses were often inscribed under crucifixes and pictures of Christ in old abbey churches. The appearance of this verse cannot necessarily contextualize this miniature. However, it was presumably created in Southern Germany or Austria, most likely in the region of the Lake Constance.
The miniature shows Mary and St. John at the foot of the cross carrying the crucified Christ. The foreground is simply rendered before an abstracted background of mauve ornamented with silver feather tendrils.