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France, Paris, 1500-1510
MS M.160 fol. 1v

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Evangelist, John: Scene, on Patmos -- John, nimbed, holding pen in right hand, sits with open book with pseudo-inscription in his lap. Beside him is nimbed eagle (Evangelist Symbol). In background is apocalyptic Beast from Sea, represented as animal with seven crowned human heads. Scene in landscape with water, rocks, trees, and distant hills.
Margins with foliate and vinescroll ornament, inhabited by three birds, two possibly cranes; fantastic animal; and dragonfly.

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