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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

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France, Amiens, between 1280 and 1299
MS M.729 fol. 342r

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1) Holy Women: at Sepulcher -- In initial D decorated with geometric ornament and foliate spandrels, a nimbed angel, with a fleur-de-lis staff in left hand, sits on top of the sarcophagus and with right hand points to it. Behind the sarcophagus are three veiled, nimbed Holy Women, including one holding an ointment jar in her left hand and raising her right hand. In the foreground, three soldiers, wearing chain mail, recline asleep on shields, within three arches of the sarcophagus.
2) Margins - Rectilinear bars decorated with interlace and foliage, enclosing five French heraldic shields, including Moreuil (two), and inhabited by rabbit, two confronting hybrid birds, three birds including one flying, a male musician with his legs crossed, playing a gittern, and a dog pursuing a rabbit disappearing into a burrow.

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