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Gospel book
Armenia, Van, 1461
MS M.749 fol. 9r

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Pentecost -- Beneath arc of heaven issuing red rays, cross-nimbed dove of Holy Ghost, within white mandorla, descends with rays from head toward two of twelve apostles, pearled nimbi, two holding rolls, one holding book, all extending hands, kneeling, in two rows, flanking arch enclosing two men, one nimbed, and nimbed cynocephalus, all representing Nations of the World.
Decorated panels of interlace and pattern.
Scene within decorated frame.
Inscription above frame in Armenian, THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY GHOST.

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