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Psalter-Hours
France, Amiens, between 1280 and 1299
MS M.729 fol. 381r

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1) Christ: Parable, Lazarus and Dives -- In initial S decorated with geometric ornament and foliate spandrels, a nimbed angel, emerging from clouds of heaven, grasps the nude personification of soul emerging from the mouth of Lazarus, afflicted with sores, in a hooded garment with two sacks and water jug on his right arm, hands joined, reclining. Below, a bestial devil grasps the nude personification of soul emerging from the mouth of Dives wearing a kerchief, lying on a draped bed. Beside the bed are a female mourner wearing a hat and raising her right hand to her face, and a male mourner raising his right hand to his face.
2) Margins - Rectilinear bars decorated with interlace and foliage, enclosing four French heraldic shields, including Moreuil (two), and inhabited by two confronting hybrid animals, a rabbit, three birds, including a parrot, and a two-headed hybrid man wearing a hat.



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