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France, Tours, ca. 1490-1500
MS M.1054 fol. 9v

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Avia of Sicily: Scene, in Prison and Susanna: with Elders -- At left, Avia, nimbed, head inclined, with joined hands, is at barred prison window. Virgin Mary, nimbed, extends wafer (host) to Avia with right hand and holds chalice with left hand. At right, Susanna, nimbed, sits on bank, dangling bare legs in water. Two elders stand flanking tree in background.

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