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Book of Hours
France, Paris, between 1550 and 1558
M.538 fol. 104r

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Trinity: Three Persons -- God, Holy Ghost and Christ, each raise right hand in gesture of blessing and with left hand indicate rayed triangular space between them inscribed with the word God in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin (DEUS). All sit on cloud amid rays encircled by winged heads of angels. Below their feet is visible half of globe or disk decorated with constellations including Pisces, Piscis Austrinus (?), Pegasus, Lepus, Triangulum, Taurus, Aries (?), and Serpentarius among others
Miniature within frame decorated with foliate ornament; winged head or mask, wearing sash tied around head, below two crossed halberds; two winged heads at top corners; three winged heads or masks on sides and bottom; two crossed sheathed swords entwined with strap, all in blue with gold fleur-de-lis, piercing bottom of frame.

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