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Italy, Padua, ca. 1287-1300
MS M.436 fol. 88v

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Naomi and Elimelech: in Moab -- At top of initial, Elimelech, wearing helmet or hat, carrying draped staff over right shoulder steps on stones. Below him, Ruth, wearing berbette, raising left hand, stands flanked by Mahlon and chilion, holding with her right hand, left hand of boy at left.
Scene within initial I decorated with foliate ornament and with foliate extenders, the lower extender having foliate medallion enclosing fantastic animal.

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