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France, Paris, ca. 1350
MS M.324 fol. 1r

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1) Roman de la Rose: Scene, Lover sleeping -- Lover, with head on pillow, sleeps on draped bed beside rose bush. Scene with gold background.
2) Roman de la Rose: Scene, Lover dressing -- Lover sits on bench with legs crossed, beside basin on stand below vessel suspended from rod over which cloth hangs. Scene with filigree background.
3) Roman de la Rose: Scene, Lover walking -- Lover walks between two trees on hilllocks from which streams flow. Scene with spiraling filigree background.
4) Roman de la Rose: Scene, Lover approaching Garden -- Beside tree on which three birds perch, Lover enters portal of crenellated building in which are three standing images of Personifications in windows. Scene with diapered background.
All scenes within tricolored (red, white, and blue) barbed quatrefoil frames.
Below miniature in left column, initial M with ivy foliate ornament, as incipit of text, MAINTES GENS DIENT QUE EN SONGES / N'A SE FABLES NON ET MENCONGES / ....
Below miniature in right column, initial D with ivy foliate ornament, at beginning of text, DE CROIRE QUE SONGES AUIEGNE / QUI SE VOUDRA POR FOL ME TIEGNE / ....
Margins surrounding text by rectilinear bars with ivy leaves, forming six medallions enclosing busts of pope wearing tiara, cardinal wearing red hat, two bishops wearing miters, and two crowned kings, inhabited by dragon in left margin, and by rabbit and dog in lower margin (bas-de-page).

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