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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1420-1425
MS M.1004 fol. 99v

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Scene, Liturgical: Obsequies -- Before draped altar, with cross-inscribed reredos, on which is draped chalice, priest, wearing liturgical vestments, holding paten with loaf (?), and acolyte holding situla, are flanked by two groups of monks, most wearing cowl, two bareheaded. They stand at end of bier draped with cross-inscribed pall, with lighted candle in candlestick at each corner. In foreground, bier is flanked by six monks, each holding lighted candle, four wearing cowl. In choir stall at left are clerics, one wearing almuce and cope with morse; one wearing surplice and holding open book, and another wearing deacon's vestments. In choirstall at right, standing behind lectern on which is open book are three men, one wearing deacon's vestments, and another wearing cope with morse.
Margins decorated with border of foliate and floreate ornament, including columbine and rose. Within border, barbed quatrefoils, enclosing foliate ornament, dragon, man wearing hat, with sword at waist, astride fantastic animal.
Added probably after 1251, heraldic shields of France, France impaling Savoy, Savoy, Savoy with label of three points impaling France in barbed quatrefoils in corners of margins.

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