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Historiated initial E: Christ Carrying the Cross
France, Tours, ca. 1510-1515
MS M.1189

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The "E" commences the text of the first Matins response for the Feast of the First Sunday of Lent: "E[cce nunc tempus acceptabile...]"; the versicle that follows this response continues on the back of the cutting: "[In om]nibus ex[hibeamus nosmetips]os sicut Dei [ministros...]." The text fragment on the back was made visible when the paper backing was removed when the item entered the Morgan.

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