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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 143v

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Initial P enclosing Apostle Paul, nimbed, tonsured, kneeling with joined hands raised, beneath cloudy arc of Heaven, from which emerges bust of bearded God. Scene in landscape with city in background. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, inhabited by bust of woman amid foliage, flanked above and below by angels, both holding scrolls inscribed AUE and SALUE; busts of men, wearing hats, gesturing, amid foliage (upper and lower left).

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