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Italy, probably Rome, ca. 1480
MS M.946 fol. 1r

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Of two nude putti, one is winged and plays small horn and another plays tambourine. At right is female figure playing a lute. Figures are within decorated initial S.
In margin is architectural border decorated with garlands, trees, and statues of sphinxes. Frame is suportedat bottom by two dolphins.
On either side of the decorated initial S are two winged putti, wearing black Cardinal's hats and tassels tied to their arms. They both hold escutcheons with Gonzaga arms (three fesses sable).

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