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Office of the Feast of Corpus Christi
Austria, Vienna, between 1403 and 1406
M.853 fol. 1v

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In upper register, at left, shield and helmet with heraldry of Lesch family are on ground (gules, two battle axes argent addorsed, the handles or). Next to them man, wearing heraldic garment of Lesch family, stands holding with right hand, helmet, crowned and crested with peacock feathers and with left hand heraldic banner (gules a fesse argent) both of Duke William of Austria. At right, Duke William, crowned, wearing armor and heraldic garment, knife and sword at his waist, kneels on cloth draped over bench. He extends his hands holding scroll inscribed AUE UERUM CORPUS CH(RIST)I. Before him on ground is shield decorated with his heraldry.
In lower register, amid floreate ornament, are six escutcheons decorated with heraldry, including Carinthia (per pales gules a fesse argent, or three lions passant); Styria (vert a griffon rampant); arms of Giovanna of Anjou, wife of William (per pale fesse gules et argent, France with a label gules, Jerusalem); Carniola (argent an eagle displayed azure, on its breast a crescent chequy of the field and gules); Tyrol (argent, an eagle displayed gules).

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