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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 39r

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Busts of three angels, nimbed, one with joined hands, within initial C.
In upper margin, medallion enclosing busts of two clerics, before lectern on which is open book. Two dolphins flanking medallion amid floreate ornament and gold balls.
In lower margin, monkey enclosed in medallion flanked by two birds, possibly herons, amid floreate ornament and gold balls.
Pen-flourished initial E.

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